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Reflections By Still Waters 

Charles W. Turner 


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net increase of 43 members for the year. The figures are the latest available and are from the Statistical Forms of the 
National Fellowship. 

January '79 

Cover photo by John Burtoft (see page 37). 


35 Years Ago- 1944 
Rev. Donald Carter, pastor of the 
Second Brethren Church of Long 
Beach preached his final sermon as 
pastor and will become an army chap- 
lain. . . . Rev. Elias Zimmerman re- 
ports attempts to purchase a building 
for the Jewish work in Los Angeles, 

15 Years Ago- 1964 

The Grace Brethren Church of Simi 
Valley, Calif., has purchased a two- 
acre piece of property near a proposed 
hospital. They will erect a portable 
chapel that was used at Westminster, 
Calif., as a temporary meeting place. 
. . . Vandalia, Ohio, Grace Brethren 
Church dedicated their new facilities. 
The pastor— Rev. Sherwood Durkee. 

5 Years Ago- 1974 

Daily Devotions takes on a new format 
with color cover and pictures of the 
personnel from the Brethren organiza- 
tions as a prayer guide. . . . Berne, 
Ind., dedicates their new church. Earle 
Peer, pastor. . . . Taos, N. Mex. takes a 
step of faith and goes self-supporting. 


Volume 41 Number 1 January 1979 

Published monthly by The Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Company, P. O. Box 544, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. Printed by 
BMH Printing. 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 

Artist, Jane Fretz 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 

Knute Larson. Foreign Missions: Rev. John 

Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Schools: Dr. 

Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer, l-lome 

Missions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer. WMC: Linda 


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• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • Guest Reflections 23 • 

• BMH News Report 24 • Church Mouse 30 • 

• As We Go to Press 38 • 




-1 letters 

Dear Editor, 

Being an avid reader of the Herald since my early days as a member in a 
Brethren church, I have some basis for an observation of the Brethren as viewed 
through their press. The one word that continuously haunts me is narrow ("and 
narrow-mindedness); as these words apply to the Word and faith. I can agree that 
they have a positive point. God bless you for holding forth the Word and faith. 
Too often, however, the Brethren seem to advocate a very limited point of view 
of life. Instead of living in the world, it seems as if the Brethren want to advocate 
a very narrow existence in this life pushing for the Oiristian school, developing 
the Christian atmosphere from nursing to graduate school. Being a dedicated 
public schoolteacher for 30 years and accepting this ministry as a call from God, I 
can only wish that I could have some of the dedicated Qiristian Brethren youth 
giving their testimonies in the world with those young people who decidedly need 
His love and example. It seems as if Brethren want to keep themselves from the 
world and by so doing are missing a great field of service. 

It's no wonder many Brethren are confused and frustrated when they finally 
have to face the reality of the world. We don't need retreaters, but we need "fools 
with facts on fire" (thanks to Vance Havner) who are defenders of the faith. 

Now in the November 15 issue of the Herald in your "letter" on page 3, you 
remark about people within the Fellowship being concerned about your printed 
news items from the Evangelical Press Association. 

If you-who have done such a commendable job with the Brethren Missionary 
Herald-yield to such opposition and delete the EPA news items, then you will 
continue to draw the narrow concept and truly aid the Brethren in becoming a 
peculiar people. 

Dr. McBirnie states a concern in his article about Qiristians: "Growth must be 
qualified, however, since rapid growth can also be malignant, and, therefore, evil 
or destructive." 

Maybe his own prediction for fast-growing Christians can also be applied to 
fast-growing Christian institutions such as the Christian school movement. 

With a church who believes in the "whole Bible and nothing but the Bible," I 
hope that some minds will become renewed enough to consider missionary service 
in the humanistic camp. We need "light" and "salt" in the public schools, not 
more retreat houses where we shut ourselves off to reality. We cannot grow and 
close our minds. 

Thanks for listening and wishing you God's best in your laboi. -Indiana 

Gary Cole 

". . . and upon this rock I will 
build My church; and the gates 
of Hades will not overpower it" 
(Matt. 16:18,NASB). 

"Go therefore and make dis- 
ciples of all nations, baptizing 
them in the name of the Father 
and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 
teaching them to observe all that 
I commanded you; and lo, I am 
with you always, even to the end 
of the age" (Matt. 28:19-20, 

We believe Jesus. The seven 
Brethren people who lived in the 
Daytona Beach area believed 
Him and were already meeting 
together. The Brethren Home 

So, in June 1974, we all got to- 
gether to be Christ's workers in 
building His Church in the 
Greater Daytona Beach, Florida, 
area. (Faith without works is 
dead, you know.) So, we deter- 
mined to do three things we 
knew Jesus wanted us to do: 

1 . To give people the message 
of Jesus Christ; 

2. To build Christian character 
in people by helping them 
learn and live God's Word; 

3. To care for people with 
Christ-like love. 

We had to keep learning how to 
do these things more effectively. 
But we wanted to do these things. 
We believed Jesus. 

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Missions Council believed Him. 
My wife, Patty, and I believed 
Him. We believed that He would 
build His Church. We counted on 
His promise to always be with us. 

' January 79 

The Brethren people who origmally 
began the Grace Brethren Church 
of Ormond Beach joined by Rev. 
and Mrs. Gary Cole (also pictured 
at right) 




"And let us not lose heart j 
doing good, for in due time w 
shall reap if we do not gro 
weary" (Gal. 6:9, NASB). 

Gene Getz has shown us th; 
the measure of a church is faitl 
hope, and love. That's the stu; 
that "heart" is made of. Th 
Lord wants us to have hear' 
Satan doesn't. As time went oi 
we sometimes grew weary. Th 
temptation was to lose heart il 
doing good. For instance ... 

... in August, 1 974, Patt 
and I went to National ConfeJ 
ence in Winona Lake, Indian;! 
When we returned to Florid;!i 
our "faithful regulars" left fcr 
vacations. On that first Sunda,j 
after conference, then, Jio om 
showed up for church! 

. . . before I arrived. Dr. He:' 
man Koontz had been pastorinii 
the group here. He and his wife' 
Myra, drove over from the Oi' 
lando area each Sunday to leav! 
the services at the YWCA i:| 
downtown Daytona Beach. The;' 
made other trips to Daytona dui 
ing the week to do things lik 

lling and looking for land for a 
iture church building. Along 
ith the others, they located an 
xellent tract of land, seven 
iles north of downtown Day- 
ma, in Ormond Beach. Before 
nding me here. The Brethren 
ome Missions Council told me 
lat we ought to try to move to 

meeting place closer to this 
■operty. We could readily see 
le need for a move. But could 
e find a new place? We looked 
rery where. The answers were 
ifferent, but continually added 
p to, "No!" "We can't have re- 
gions meetings in our building." 
rhere isn't enough room." 
Foo expensive." "And so 

... It seemed to us that too 
lany of the people who became 
part of our church were taken 
vay from us too often. Dan and 
erry came to Christ and found 
»y that bubbled over onto the 
!st of us. A new job took them 
) California. Joan was already a 
hristian and her husband. Hank, 
)und Christ here. Business took 
lem to Illinois. Gary and 
haron grew to become vital 
lembers of our "team." They 
loved to Maryland to take a 
ew job. Two of the men who 
'ere leaders in our progress to- 
ward building, Walt and Chuck, 
ied within a year of each other, 
he list goes on. It is all enough 
3 make a person lose heart. 



The new Grace Brethren Church build- 
ing in Ormond Beach, designed by Ralph C. Hall 
and Brethren Building Ministries 

"No temptation has overtaken 
you but such as is common to 
man; and God is faithful, who 
will not allow you to be tempted 
beyond what you are able; but 
with the temptation will provide 
the way of escape also, that you 
may be able to endure it" (I Cor. 
10:13, NASB). 

God is faithful. He always 
knew just what our hearts 
needed. He brought us back to 
faith. "I will build My church." 
"I am with you always." We be- 
lieved again . . . and again . . . 
and again. And as a result, in due 
time, we saw "harvests." For in- 
stance . . . 

. . . people did come back to 
church services after that one 
Sunday in 1974. In fact, there 
were 83 in the 1 1 a.m. service on 
the first Sunday of December, 
1978. Our goal was to have at 
least 80 by the end of this last 

. . . in September 1976, Charles 
and Janet Jillson began attending 

our services at the YWCA. In Oc- 
tober Chuck found a new meet- 
ing place closer to our property 
in Ormond Beach. We began 
meeting there on Sunday, Octo- 
ber 24, 1976. 

... as we keep giving out The 
Message, building the people, and 
caring, even though people keep 
moving, there are more coming 
in than going away. 

All of these thoughts which I 
have just shared with you came 
to mind as we gathered on Sun- 
day afternoon, December 3, 
1978, for a Dedication Cele- 
bration. It was a service that 
marked victories of faith. It is a 
thrill for us to be enjoying this 
beautiful new church building. 
The thrill comes from seeing the 
results of believing Jesus. 

Our new building, designed by 
Ralph C. Hall and Bretliren 
Building Ministries, is both beau- 
tiful and functional. It is a rustic- 
looking building, which fits the 
style of this area. It is well lo- 

cated on the main East-West road 
in Ormond Beach. We're on the 
side of town where the most ex- 
pansion is taking place. Mr. Joe 
Taylor, from Fort Lauderdale, 
Florida, served as the building 
project supervisor. Ably assisted 
by his wife, Kay, Joe made sure 
that we got a well-constructed 
building and he saved us money, 
too. We thank God for all who 
worked on our building! 

Over 1 10 people were on hand 
at the Dedication Celebration. 
All of our "Pioneers" were pres- 
ent: Dr. and Mrs. Herman 
Koontz, Jay and Naomi Lance, 
Marian Foulk, Sally McDonnell 
and her son, Michael. Rev. 
William Byers and his family 
came down from Atlanta to 
represent The Brethren Home 
Missions Council. Delegations 
were sent from the Grace Breth- 
ren Churches of Maitland, Or- 
lando, and Brooksville. 



Gary Cole, pastor, chal- 
lenges the church members 
at the dedication service 
"to keep on believing 
Jesus " 

The growing congregation of the Grace Brethren Church of Ormond Beach 

"Those who go down to the 
sea in ships, who do business on 
great waters, they have seen the 
works of the Lord, and His won- 
ders in the deep" (Ps. 107:23-24). 

In my dedication message, I 
shared what I believe to be the 
challenge that stands before us. 
It is the challenge to keep on be- 
lieving Jesus. If we expect to 
continue seeing the works of the 
Lord, we must launch out into 
the deep, where the principle of 
operation is faith, where we'll 
sink if the Lord doesn't hold us 
up, where we'll see the mighty 
works of the Lord. 

We need to show that we be- 
lieve Jesus by continuing to give 
people His message, by continu- 
ing to build Christian character 
in people by helping them learn 
and live God's Word, and con- 
tinuing to care for people with 
Christ-like love. Some of the 
goals which we want to reach 

1 . At least 1 60 people by the 
end of 1979 

2. A successful Christian 
school started in 1979 

3. Self-supporting status by 
the end of 1979 

The temptation will be to lose 
heart. But God is faithful. Are 

Say It with Music 

Isobel Fraser 

Music is such a wonderful part of our lives. Most of 
us have just enjoyed the Christmas carols, cantatas, 
and the presentation of Handel's "Messiah," during 
this past hoHday season. 

This is all quite scriptural, you know; for in 
Ephesians 5:19 we are told: "Speaking to yourselves 
in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and 
making melody in your hearts to the Lord"; and in 
Colossians 3: 16: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you 
richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one 
another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, sing- 
ing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." First, each 
individual needs to let the Lord put "a new song in 
his mouth" (see Ps. 40:1-3) through faith in Christ. 
When we have experienced the encouragement that 
songs give to the inner man, then we are able to thus 
teach and encourage others. I have found it a very 
successful way to teach God's truth to adults as well 
as children. 

Because of their blindness, the songtime in our 
Shalom meeting is an integral part of our gospel 
teaching. Two of their favorites are "In the Garden" 
and "Happiness Is." Our blind pianist Esther, who is 
not yet a believer in Christ Jesus, often at the end 
slips in the hymn, "Let Jesus Christ Be Praised." May 
it become a reality in her life. To help them, and 
those in our other meetings, too, to realize that the 
terms Christ and Messiah are synonymous and that 
they are used interchangeably, and also the Hebrew- 
Meshiach. The Hebrew substitutions for such words 
as Jesus, Father, Lord, peace, heaven, and so forth, is 
another connecting link between the Old and New 

The singing commercials prove that the world has 
learned the advantage of this mode of teaching. How- 
ever, remember that God gave this method to His 
people thousands of years ago. I'm not referring to 
the New Testament times only; did you note that in 
the two scriptures quoted that psalms were men- 
tioned? The use of them was and is a common prac- 
tice in Jewish worship since the days of David (see I 
Chron. 6:31-32). I believe the first song recorded in 
the Bible, in Exodus 15, praises God for His great de- 

Just as we have traditional songs for Christmas and 
Easter, so there are songs that have become associated 
with the various Jewish holy days and special events. 
I would like to share a few with you. 

For Chanukah, which this year also begins on 
Christmas Eve and commemorates their deliverance 
from the dictatorship of Antiochus Epiphanes and 

the Syrians, comes: 

MA-OZ-TSUR (Rock of Ages) 
Rock of Ages, let our ^ong 

praise Thy saving power; 
Thou amidst the ranging foes, 

wast our shelt'ring tower. 
Furious they assailed us, 

but Thine arm availed us. 
And Thy word broke their sword 

when our own strength failed us. 

(Oh, that they would know that the Rock of Ages 
was cleft for them.) 

At Passover, which comes near Easter, "Eliyahu 
Hanovi" is sung. The gist of this message in song is 
that they await the coming of the Prophet Elijah. 
When he comes may he bring with him Messiah, Son 
of David. Each Passover a glass of wine is set out for 
Elijah and the door is opened in the hope that he 
might come and with him the Messiah. We, too, await 
His coming as King Messiah but He has already come 
as the suffering Messiah of Isaiah 53. 

"Jerusalem of Gold" portraying their desire for 
the Holy City came out of the Six-Day War. A new 
song that seems to be becoming currently popular in 
Southern California and relates to Israel today is "Let 
There Be Dancing in Israel." Part of the second 
chorus which has been dedicated to the brave Israeli 
soldiers is: 

Let us be sure we do our best. 

Keep Israel care-free and gay. 
A haven forever, her children together. 

With danger out of the way. 
Let's hope the future brings no unrest. 

No strife to fear night or day. 
No roving marauders, who pillage the borders. 

Let's hope that peace will stay. . . . 

We follow the divine injunction to "pray for the 
peace of Jerusalem" (see Ps. 122:6); however, we 
know that this hope will only become a reality when 
He who is called the Prince of Peace comes and claims 
the throne of David as was promised according to 
Isaiah 9:6-7, and Luke 2 :31-33. 

Just the other day I was reading the testimonies of 
some Hebrew Christians. Several mentioned the influ- 
ence of the Christmas carols and even Handel's 
"Messiah" in opening their hearts to faith in the Lord 
Jesus as Messiah and God. Let us continue to "say it 
with music" that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of 
God the Father and the edification of ourselves and 

others. _ ^ 

January '79 / 

Only be Thou Faithful 

Mrs. Ken Curtis 

With the unfolding of a new year, 
January 1979 marks a new beginning 
and challenge for the SUverbell Grace 
Brethren Church (Tucson, Arizona). 
After 17 years under the direction of 
the Brethren Home Missions Council, 
the Tucson congregation has unani- 
mously voted to move into a self- 
supporting status. The road to progress 
has been long, and interrupted with 
many obstacles, but blessings are being 
reaped as faithful stewardship has been 

If any one word describes what has 
at last brought our church to a place 
of self-support, it is faithfulness. Faith- 
fulness to God and His Word, and 
faithfulness to His body— the Tucson 
church. Faithfulness to God originated 
in 1958 when Rev. Charles Ashman, 
serving as the Phoenix, Arizona, pastor, 
began a Bible study group in Tucson. 
Although the next three years proved 
difficult as some families left the 
group, a faithful few claimed God's 
promises and maintained an interest in 
establishing a Grace Brethren church. 

In 1961 the group called Rev. J. C. 
"Bill" McKillen as its minister, and the 
Brethren Home Missions Council 
added their encouraging full-fledged 
support. Attendance began to flourish 
and a new church building, with a 
magnificent view of the city, was built 
on a hill and dedicated on January 20, 
1963. Rev. Harold Painter became the 
pastor of the church in 1965, followed 
by Rev. Jack Galey in 1969. In July of 
1970, the church gave Ken Curtis a 
call to minister. Having recently gradu- 
ated from Grace Seminary, Ken felt 
led to accept the ministry; and God's 
Word continued to be faithfully 

With Tucson being a very mobile 
city, faithfulness to Christ's Body has 
been evident in the core of believers 
who supported the church in the midst 
of discouragement. A number of fimes 
when growth was coming along beauti- 
january '79 

Above; Pastor and 
Mrs. Kenneth 

Right: Pastor 

Kenneth Curtis 

proclaims the Word 

fully, we would see families pick up 
and move "back east" to better jobs, 
or to be nearer to relatives. Yet, there 
remained a backbone of believers who 
saw beyond these difficulties and to 
the road which was ahead. Often we 
would be reminded and encouraged by 
Pastor Ken's words— "Discouragement 
is of the devil. It never comes from the 


Despite the ups and downs in 
church growth, growth has continued. 
The Lord has faithfully blessed us with 
new converts and, yes, even brought 
some of our people back, who had 
moved east! 

In retrospect, the faithfulness of 
the core of believers at Tucson has 

brought us to this point of self-support, 
for without the faithfulness of these 
believers, self-support would never be 
a reality. As we look into the future, 
we recognize that it will be this same 
faithfulness that will be the fuel for 
our continued support. 

Rejoicing in what the Lord is doing 
here at Silverbell Grace Brethren 
Qiurch, we remember His admonition, 
". . . only be thou faithful." 

Silverbell Grace Brethren congregation 

B I Fs loss is Grace Villages gain 

After 15 years of employment for the 
Brethren Investment Foundation, Mrs. Don 
Ogden has left the Missions Building to be- 
come the full-time bookkeeper for the Grace 
Village Retirement Complex. Leaving the BIF 
on December 31, 1 978, Mrs. Ogden will be 
greatly missed by her fellow employees. 

Beginning her work as bookkeeper and teller 
for the Foundation in September 1963, Wanita 
has seen the BIF grow from $4 million de- 
posits to now over $ 1 1 million. The 1 5 years 
of service has not only produced a strong in- 
terest in the Brethren Investment Foundation 
and the Brethren Home Missions Council, but 
Wanita has also developed some close ties 
among the office and administrative staff of 
the two organizations. 

Mrs. Ogden accepted the new job mainly 
because of convenience. With a home located 
adjacent to Grace Village, Wanita will have a 
short walk to work. 

Reflecting back on the Christian atmosphere 
of her previous working conditions, Mrs. Ogden 
says, "If I were not going out into something 
similar, it would be much more difficult to 

Mrs. Wanita Ogden with Mr. Walter R. Fretz, Financial Secretary 
of the Brethren Investment Foundation. 

January '79 

Pittsburgh, Pa., Prepares for Phase II 


Steve Edmunds 
(left) and Rev. 
Harold Raymond, 
(right) project a 
Bon Meade Grace 
Brethren Church 
in 1979 

The Account^ 

Larry Chamberlain 

If you were among the unfortunate 9 percent unem- 
ployed during '74 and '75, you're probably starting to 
feel a little squeamish as more and more signs are indi- 
cating the beginning of another recession in '79. Re- 
publicans are saying it will be a major crisis unless, of 
course, Republican policies are adopted. Carter's 
advisors are saying that we are headed for a period of 
"moderate" growth (but, remember who's writing the 
advisors' paychecks). Forecasters and economists from 
our ivy halls of learning, using sophisticated macro- 
economic models, are divided on the issue (few of us 
can understand what they're saying anyhow), and the 
average Joe is left wondering if anyone really knows 
what's going on! 

Well, recession, "moderate growth," or whatever hap- 
pens, those of us who know the Lord are assured by 
Him that our needs will be supplied: ". . . do not be 
anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what 
you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall 
put on . . . for your heavenly Father knows that you 
need all these things. Therefore do not be anxious for 
tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself . . ." 
(Matthew 6:25, 32, 34, NASB). 

During the recession of '74 and '75, Brethren Home 
Missions realized a significant increase in church offer- 
ings, and in 1975 Home Missions became the recipient 
of an estate of over $225,000! So, next time you listen 
to some gloomy economic news, and there's talk of a re- 
cession or worse, just remember that He cares for you. 
His truth is just as pertinent in today's complicated 
world as it was when it was first spoken. 

' January '79 






The Bon Meade Grace Brethren 
Church of Greater Pittsburgh is grow- 
ing and preparing for greater growth. 
With 92 present recently (Nov. 19) 
and an average gain of 30 percent in 
attendances over the previous year, it 
has created two major problems. One, 
there is no parking space for cars, and 
two, there is an increasing shortage of 
space for "parking" people. 

The residence next to the church 
property is being purchased to care for 
the immediate need of parking space. 
Later the home will be used for Sun- 
day School space and Junior Church. 
The increase in the attendance is mak- 
ing this step necessary and the increase 
in the offering is making it possible. 

The "new life" in the Pittsburgh 
work is coming from "new" people. 
The average age of the attenders is 31 
years. Rev. Harold Raymond is a new 
pastor, having been on the field one 
year and a few months. It is his first 
pastorate following graduation from 
Grace Seminary. Another new innova- 
tion has been the starting of a Bible In- 
stitute and over 40 percent of the reg- 
ular attenders are attending these 
classes. Pastor Raymond has the able 
and capable assistance of Mr. Steve 
Edmonds who moved to the area to 
specifically help the pastor develop a 
church. Steve ministers in a Christian 
day school for his support. The team 
effort of this com,bination is producing 
the growth necessitating the expansion 
of facilities. 

The team of Rev. Harold Raymond 
and Steve Edmonds is projecting a self- 
supporting church in 1979. In the 
photo they display a poster with a 
bank and it reads "This makes cents 
for Home Missions." Brethren Home 
Missions likes this idea, the slogan and 
what it sees developing in the greater 
Pittsburgh area. 

Phase III could be the relocation to 
a multi-acre site, for the church has 
been praying and looking for such a 
location. So as Pittsburgh prepares for 
Phase II they also have Phase III in the 
longer range goal. 

Contmous Compoundino 

We are pleased to announce that beginning January 1 , tfie 
Bretfiren Investment Foundation will compound interst con- 
tinuously on all passbook accounts. Our customers will now 
enjoy an annual effective yield of 5.39% on savings deposits! 

wWh Efemol DmdeaOs 

During 1978, over $850,000 was loaned for church building 
programs, bringing our total church loans to $9 million. With 
bank-lending rates rapidly going up, our ministry of low-cost 
mortgage financing is helping Brethren churches save thou- 
sands of dollars each year! 

The Brethren Investment Foundation 

Box 587 Brethren Missions Building, 
Kings Highway Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

January '79 

Religion in Review 

Gary Warner 

Director EP News Service 

What kind of a year was it? As a noted broadcaster 
might resonate, "it was a year like all years, only . . . 
we were there." 

It was packed with all The Preacher's seasons. 
Popes died. A test-tube baby was born. Denomina- 
tional fragments squabbled and held hands. Qoset 
doors stayed open, leading to pitched battles. The 
WCC gave; the NCC fired. The squeaky wheel of a 
pugnacious church got greased in educational and 
political arenas. 

It was a year of good. More books and Bibles were 
distributed, more radio and TV broadcasts made, 
more crusades and missions held, more people 
touched by the Gospel than ever before. 

It was also a year of the crazies. During Mickey 
Mouse's 50th birthday, the rehgious community, 
from Rev. Jim Jones to novices, played more than its 
share of Looney Tunes. 

And so it goes. Here's an overview of the trends 
and the newsmakers : 


They met and talked and issued. The Southern 
Baptists grew. The Lutherans disagreed. Ditto the 
Presbyterians. The Methodists may have wished 
they'd never heard of retirement homes. 

In a major statement on papal infallibility, the 
official U.S. Lutheran-Roman Cathohc dialogue team 
declared, "The ultimate trust of Christians is in Christ 
and the Gospel, not in a doctrine of infallibility, 
whether of Scripture, the church or the pope." 

Anglicans, in the Lambeth Conference, said they 
felt closer to everybody. COCU was declared "alive 
and well" and may include 10 denominations by 
1983. Nestles, even if it's the very best, and Bristol- 
Myers were ripped for peddling powered baby 
formula to Third Worid countires. J. P. Stevens and 
Company products were boycotted. 

At the Lutheran sandlot, the teams kept taking 
their ball and going home. The controversial Book of 
Worship was published (800,000 copies) for the LCA, 
ALC and the ELCW, but the Missouri Synod said no 
thanks. The Synod reported a loss of 11 1 parishes 
and 87,000 members. The Evangelical Lutheran 
Synod said, "No," to merger talks. 

The United Methodist Church was embroiled in a 

class action suit over bankruptcy and kickbacks 

involving the Pacific Homes retirement center. The 

two major Presbyterian bodies talked merger while 

I churches kept skipping back and forth. Child abuse 

. January '79 

and battered women were focal points. Human rights 
was the hottest issue, fueled by comments from UN 
Ambassador Andrew Young on "pohtical prisoners" 
in the United States. 

The Salvation Army marked its Centenary and led 
the way in the ordination of women. A body of 
denominations tried to reopen a steel mill in Youngs- 
town, Ohio, to relieve an unemployment crisis. 
Daddy Herbert W. gave the boot to son Garner 
Ted Armstrong, so Garner Ted started the Church of 
God International. "Battle of the Bible" proponents 
conferred on inerrancy and affirmed every jot and 
tittle. The General Association of Regular Baptists 
reminded us again to watch out for the Communists. 


Billy Graham held crusades in Las Vegas, Kansas 
City, Scandinavian countries, and Poland. He cor- 
rected McCall's magazine for "misquoting" him on 
special evangelistic groups and on who is and is not 
lost. The Graham organization reported a $3 million 
deficit and was fingered by the grumpy Charlotte 
Observer with allegations of irregularity in a land 
purchase for a layman's Bible training center. 

Ruth Carter Stapleton called a Newsweek cover 
article on her a "devastating" reading experience. Her 
planned appearance at an international Hebrew- 
Christian conference drew flak. She cancelled. 

South America was a prime crusade site. Luis 
Palau and Rex Humbard drew thousands there. 
Angihcan Bishop Festo Kevengere and evangelist 
Michael Cassidy preached at precedent-setting meet- 
ings in Egypt. Morris Cerullo announced plans for 
a $100 million "World Outreach Center" in San 
Diego. Oral Roberts got the green light on his con- 
troversial medical center, and the dean of his medical 
school resigned. 

Israel passed a law with an eye on roving evangel- 
ists. The Gerald L. K. Smith Crusade closed after 30 
ultra-conservative years. Only 31 people showed up 
for Billy James Hargis' comeback. And a missions 
scholar urged the banning of the word "crusade" 
because it stirs "triumphalistic images of violence and 


A storm was triggered by the World Council of 
Churches' $85,000 grant to the Patriotic Front in 
Rhodesia. Ambassador Young backed it; the WCC 
defended it, although admitting the timing was 
"clumsy"; and the Salvation Army and bits and 
pieces of evangelical groups withdrew, at least tem- 
porarily, from the WCC. 

Missionaries were killed in Rhodesia and elsewhere 

in battle-weary Africa. Evangelicals came under 
pressure in Portugal, but a proposed Spanish constitu- 
tion carried new guarantees of religious freedom. A 
bill concerning religious conversions in India was 
termed "unconstitutional and anti-Christian." Antici- 
pated Baptist admonitions not to appoint an envoy to 
the Vatican fell on deaf ears at the White House. 

In Russia, seven Pentecostals took refuge in the 
U.S. Embassy and refused to leave until allowed to 
emigrate. The Russians enraged the world and made a 
mockery of human rights' statements by sentencing 
several Jewish "dissidents" and "activists" to prison 
and exile. Peter Vins, son of Russian Baptist leader 
Georgi Vins, was sentenced to a year in prison. 

The worldwide refugee problem was of initial 
concern, particularly in Africa and on the high seas. 
World Vision led efforts to help thousands of "boat 
people" fleeing Vietnam and Cambodia. 


Kentucky and North Carolina were educational 
battlegrounds. Kentucky education officials got a 
tiger by the tail in the Kentucky Association of 
Christian Schools. The courts barred the state from 
regulating beyond mininum fire, safety and attend- 
ance requirements. An injunction was imposed 
against displaying the Ten Commandments in Ken- 
tucky classrooms. A Kentucky law requiring Bible 
reading in public classrooms was "probably unconsti- 

In a "try anything once" move, Louisville op- 
ponents of forced busing had their children classified 
as American Indians to circumvent the law. Never had 
being an Indian been so popular. 

In North Carolina, 63 conservative Christian 
schools refused to accept state educational regula- 
tions. The court case was still anybody's game. 
Elsewhere, the black community and some Christian 
groups protested the state's proposed graduation re- 
quirement testing. 

Teachers were fired for witnessing in class. New 
Jersey endorsed silent meditation in schools. Biola 
College celebrated its 70th. Rev. Jesse Jackson 
PUSHed for higher educational opportunities for 
blacks. The Dallas school board was accused of 
delving into religious preferences in questioning 
superintendent candidates. The "reverse discrimina- 
tion" case found Allan Bakke in medical school and 
"affirmative action" proponents stunned. And Nancy 
Drew and the Hardy Boys books were banned in 
Newton, Massachusetts, because they were "not well 


Zondervan reported that pre-publication sales of 
the New International Version Bible topped one 
million copies. The Voice, a South African Christian 
weekly for blacks, was banned by the government. 
The ban was lifted following international protests. 

The New York City based News World, published by 
Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church, in- 
creased its press run from 50,000 to 400,000 during 
the city's newspaper strike. 

Rehgious publishers pushed for favorable postal 
legislation, barely missed, then began considering 
alternatives to the postal system. A new book by 
Dotson Rader, who has nine generations of evangel- 
ists in his family, promised to make Natham Charity 
offensive to most evangelicals. Roger Elwood's 
heralded Inspiration Magazine rose like a rocket and, 
after five issues, became a falling star. 

The Evangelical Press Association turned a graceful 
30; Doubleday established an evangelical book 
division; the Christian Booksellers Assocation moved 
to new quarters in Colorado Springs and welcome 
7,500 to its Denver convention; Campus Life maga- 
zine and Zondervan agreed to co-publish youth 


Last winter PTL Television Network president Jim 
Bakker announced his network would carry a series 
of "Christian soap operas" that offer "a hope and a 
solution while other soaps just endlessly go on and 
on." This started PTL's real-life soap opera that goes 
on and on. 

The beleagured network faced a series of crisis in 
the days of its life. Sixty employees were fired in an 
economy move; work on the multi-million dollar 
Total Living Center was curtailed by contractors 
when unpaid bills reached $2.5 million; a computer 
snafu kept PTL out of touch with its donors; and a 
marathon fund-raising drive to remain afloat was 
temporarily dry-docked when the bank refused to 
pay on credit card pledges. 

The Mexican government ordered 50 radio stations 
to cancel Christian programs. "Holocaust" and "Jesus 
of Nazareth" (from 1977) were honored programs. 
Radio ELWA in Liberia turned 25. The Church of 
God and the National Federation for Decency took 
up arms against sex and violence on ABC, the top- 
rated network. Evangelicals tried to figure out the 
"seven dirty words" banned from the air waves. 


Homosexuals continued to duck the oranges of 
wrath, but the battle lines shifted. Gay teachers were 
hired and fired. Gay ministers were ordained. The 
Evangelical Free Church ruled homosexuality "an 
abomination." A United Presbyterian Church task 
force favored gay ordination, but the UPC general 
assembly, somewhat divided, voted to oppose ordina- 

California's Proposifion Six, requiring the firing of 
teachers who are avowed homosexuals, found church 
groups on contesting sides. Local anti-gay rights were 
voted down in Dade County, Florida; Wichita, 
Kansas; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Eugene, Oregon; 

January '79 

but were approved in Seattle, Washington, when 
backing from the Church Council of Greater Seattle 
beat down the efforts of evangelicals and fundamen- 

The Nazis wanted attention and the right to march 
in Skokie, Illinois. They got the former, not the 
latter. The Church of the Brethren turned in its 
handguns. Hare Krishna devotees gave up shaved 
heads for a mod appearance but still lived in plane, 
bus and train emporiums. Anheuser-Busch Brewery 
dropped its plans to market "baby beer." 

The New Call to Peacemaking, a federation of 
Friends, Brethren and Mennonites, held its first 
national meeting, renounced war and called for a 
simpler Hfe style. Over $23 million was spent on 
anti-smoking campaigns; the industry countered with 
an $80 milUon push to keep us puffing. Madalyn 
Murray O'Hair lost an $80,000 slander suit she 
attributed to a jury of "malice-filled Christians." 

Polls showed: 12 percent in the U.S. live in 
poverty; more British teen-agers believe in UFOs than 
in God; 55 percent in the U.S. believe in abortion 
"only in certain circumstances"; 58 percent in the 
U.S. endorse ERA; alcohol overindulgence increased 
by 5 percent; 90 percent of U.S. women believe in 
God and 67 percent pray daily; and single parent 
households increased, as did fatherless families. 

The FBI took on the Church of Scientology and 
led nine arrests to zero. Rev. Sun Myung Moon 
courted England as a potential home, dodged U.S. 
officials, sued investigating Congressman Donald 
Eraser (D-Minn.), and termed Rep. Eraser's election 
defeat "punishment from God." Evangelical women 
held a national caucus. The NAE women's leader said 
the ERA extension made women look like "sore 
losers." Evangelicals protected President Carter's 
appointment of abortion proponent Sarah R. Wed- 
dington as a special White House aide. 

Church forces combined to help vote down casino 
gambling, jai alai betting and parimutual horse racing 
in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia. Liquor by the 
drink passed in dry Kansas and was an issue in North 
Carolina where a Baptist minister backed it, then 
recanted. Courts ruled in Massachusetts, Minnesota 
and Florida that life-support systems could be un- 
plugged. "Christian Yellow Pages" popped up in the 
Carolinas and Tennessee and quickly folded. The 
Theology of the Americas Conference urged Ameri- 
cans to explore alternatives to capitahsm. And in 
Henryetta, Oklahoma, fundamentalists defended the 
town ban against live snakes and pubhc dancing. 


Nineteen seventy-eight was the year of three 
popes. Pope Paul VI's death was followed by the 
death of Pope John Paul I after his less than 40 days 
in the Vatican. The third pope was the first ever from 

A test-tube baby was born to a British couple, 
^r January '79 


promising theological debates for years to come. 
Thirty U.S. scientists studied the mysterious Shroud 
of Turin. Is it the actual burial sheet of Jesus? Tune 
in about 1980 for test results. Sir Thomas More's 
skull was found in "good condition" after 400 years. 
Monks say they discovered the skull of John the 
Baptist whOe renovating a monastery 50 miles outside 

McDonald's assured us it hasn't given contribu- 
tions to the Church of Satan or put worms in the 
hamburgers. Dr. Robert SchuUer's church raised 
$1.25 milHon in one day for its Crystal Cathedral. 
Underground Evangelism and Jesus to the Com- 
munist World engaged in a messy court trial. 

Prince Charles spurred an Angelican-Roman 
Cathohc controversy. Broadway went wild over the 
reading of Mark by English actor Alex McCowen. 
Two of the three Chowchilla kidnappers reportedly 
accepted Christ. Charitable giving in the U.S. counted 
$16.54 billion for religion. A Missouri evangehst, who 
had his deceased mother frozen in an upright freezer, 
gave up trying to resurrect her after two months. 

In the celebrity comer. Christian Dean Jones 
played Christian Charles Colson in "Born Again." 
Debbie Boone Ht up some lives, and B. J. Thomas and 
Arlo Guthrie sang a new song. Baseball Chapel Inc. 
honored Cleveland first baseman Andre Thornton. 

Death claimed Kenya's President Jomo Kenyatta, 
World Vision Founder "Dr. Bob" Pierce, Lord Soper 
of British Methodism, John D. Rockefeller III, and 
GARB leader Dr. Robert T. Ketchem. An East 
German evangelical pastor immolated himself in a 
religious/political protest. 

Nine of the Wilmington 10 were freed while Rev. 
Benjamin Chavis went to Duke Divinity School days 
and to prison nights. Dr. Spock, the baby man, was 
arrested for protesting nuclear power at Seabrook, 
New Hampshire. James Earl Ray was married, tlie 
ceremony performed in prison by a former Martin 
Luther King aide. HoUday Inn President L. M. Clymer 
resigned when the franchise voted to build a casino in 
Atlantic City. Activist priest James Groppi switched 
from Roman Catholic to Episcopal and from celibacy 
to marriage and pending fatherhood. 


It was a year rich in "And Finally . . ." material. 
Our favorite was Forrest Toney, a Kansas City 
laborer. In a short-lived career in prophecy, he 
warned in a series of newspaper ads that the area 
would be destroyed by fire. As a sign he called for the 
destruction of the RLDS auditorium on September 
12 by a mighty wind. September 12 was calm. The 
auditorium still stands. "It's just as well," Toney 
shrugged. "If it had happened, I'd have probably 
gotten a big head." 

It was a year of very few big heads. Ultimately, it 
was another year of the Lord who, to paraphrase 
Psalm 65: 1 1 , "crowns each year with his goodness." 

The Hill family — David, Luise, and Christina 

Three Found "THE WAY 

f r 

David W. Hill 

On the way to the office a few months ago a 
young man offered me a copy of the local com- 
munist-party newspaper. 1 declined his offer by say- 
ing that 1 was a Christian. He replied that he, too, had 
been a Christian and had, in fact, served as an altar 
boy for many years, but had long since given it all up. 
A few minutes later, after I gave him a biblical defi- 
nition of a Christian, he agreed that he had not really 
been a Christian at all. 

While I was engaged in telling him about Jesus 
Christ, the love He has for us and His command for us 
to love each other, a thought kept running through 
my mind— is this really me talking? For, not very long 
ago, I, too, had called myself a socialist (if not actual- 
ly communist) and had believed many of the "fairy 
tales" that this young man accepted without question. 

But first, allow me to introduce ourselves. We are 
an Anglo-German family of three— my wife, Luise; 
Christina, our daughter; and myself (my name is 
David Hill)-and we live in the Stuttgart area of Ger- 
many. Luise and I met and married in London 21 
years ago. In 1965, following eight years of service in 
the Royal Air Force, we moved to Germany to be near 
Luise's mother. Christina joined our family at the age 
of two and one-half as an alternative for the natural 

child we were unable to have. Like Luise, Christina 
was bom in Germany. 

My wife and I are relatively young Christians; 
Luise being "born again" just three years ago and 1 
in September of 1977. Sometime ago I was thinking 
about how 1 came to know the Lord and was wonder- 
ing about how my conversion took place and when it 
actually started. Did 1 become a Christian overnight 
or did it happen gradually? Where and when it all 
started is difficult to say, but I believe it coincided 
with our marriage. It was, therefore, by no means a 
sudden thing but a long, drawn-out battle. 

I come from a nonreligious family ; my parents are 
neither for nor against religion. As a youngster, 1 oc- 
casionally went to Sunday School, but, I'm sorry to 
say, it had little or no lasting effect upon my life. 
The only thing that remained in my memory was 
Psalm 23 which I learned by heart at about the age of 
eight. So, at the time of our marriage I was, in the 
truest sense of the word, an unbeliever. 

Luise, as a child, was torn between Protestantism, 
the religion of her father, and Catholicism which 
was, and still is, the nominal religion of her mother. 
Three years following the death of her father, Luise 
changed, at the age of nine, from a Protestant to a 

January '79 


Catholic to please her mother. 

Although I felt quite satisfied with our civil mar- 
riage, which was performed at the registrary office in 
Bromly, Kent, it was, I suppose, a natural thing for 
Luise to want to "get married in church." As a 
heathen from the wild hills of Wales, I had no objec- 
tions either way. In due course, the local priest (also 
an exiled Welshman) talked to us about the dudes of 
a Catholic and, for my benefit, explained the struc- 
ture of the church. I'm not quite sure anymore about 
my motives for becoming a Cathohc, but at the time I 
was sure that I believed in God. However, as it be- 
came clear to me that the hierarchy of the church was 
simOar to the structure of the Royal Air Force, with 
which I was comfortable, I decided to become a 
Catholic. Luise and I were members of the church for 
about five years, during which time we attended mass 
regulariy. Although we drifted away from the church, 
for one reason or another, I know now that this phase 
in my life was my first real confrontation with God. 
Luise, of course, had always believed in God in a 
general sense, although she had not actually accepted 
Christ as her personal Saviour. 

Ten years later I was, once again, confronted with 
the Word of God by a man that came to our home 
practically every week for two years. At the end of 
the two years I had become hardened against the 
things he had to say. I could not accept it as the truth 
but, instead, more like a "fairy tale" that someone 
had thought up to suit the situation we, as the human 
race, were in. I had, in the meantime, become a con- 
vinced skeptic and had accepted the theory of evolu- 
tion "lock, stock, and barrel." 

A little over three years ago it all started again. 
While out walking one fine day, I met an American 
woman with two of her three children. Following the 
usual preliminaries, she told me that her name was 
Irene Dilworth and that she was a bom-again Chris- 
tian. I suspect the puzzled look on my face betrayed 
my ignorance, because she continued by explaining 
just what is meant by the term "born again." She 
based her explanation on her personal experience 
with Jesus Christ and told me, in no uncertain terms, 
just how important Jesus was in her Hfe. After some 
considerable time, I managed to make a tactical re- 
treat to the safety of my home where I told Luise 
about my experience with Irene. I suggested we invite 
them over one evening, but warned that we should 
stay away from religious subjects because she (Irene) 
is definitely a "religious fanatic." We didn't get 
around to inviting them first, they beat us to it. 

Bearing in mind that Luise has had knowledge of 
God all her hfe, Irene soon became aware of the fact 
that, while I wanted httle to do with God at that 
time, Luise was a true seeker who had, up to then, 
been looking in the wrong places. She had been 
searching in temples to find God. Then it happened. 
Luise became a Christian. In her own words: "Irene 
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showed me what Christ meant to her and explained 
how she had made a conscious decision to accept Him 
as her personal Saviour. I studied the Bible and the 
hterature that Irene gave me to read and came across 
the Bible verse that became the turning point in my 
life. I am referring to verses eight and nine of the 
second chapter of Ephesians: 'For by grace are ye 
saved through faith; and not of yourselves: it is the 
gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.' 
That was exactly what I was looking for; it showed 
me what God wanted me to know. I knelt down, 
there and then, in our living room on my own and in- 
vited Christ into my life." 

The change in Luise was remarkable and of no 
mean -benefit to me. Let me explain. 

As a non-Chrisrian family we had more than our 
fair share of problems with which we could not cope. 
Our marriage was practically on the rocks, the prob- 
lems with Christina as a foster child from a chOdren's 
home were more than we could handle, and the stress 
of every-day living and my job caused persistent out- 
breaks of violent temper on my part. When Luise be- 
came a Christian, many of our problems were solved. 
She told me later that she read what the Bible had to 
say about the duty of a wife and about how children 
should be brought up, and started to apply it in no 
uncertain manner. This, of course, was great for me. 
That is to say, that I reaped the benefits of Chris- 
tianity without actually being a Christian myself. 
Please don't be too hard on me, there's more to 

Luise became a Christian— yet another confronta- 
tion with God. It took another two years for me to 
reach the "end of my tether." At the age of 41, 1 dis- 
covered that my hfe had little meaning and, as far as 
my employers were concerned, even less value, but I 
was not aware of what I could do to rectify the situ- 
ation. My whole world was falling apart. In July of 
1977 the problem with Christina's upbringing reached 
a new climax. Luise suggested we visit Rev. Roger 
Peugh who had been introduced to us, by Irene Dil- 
worth, only a few months earlier. 

On talking to him, I soon discovered what the 
solution to the problem was, though I was still reluc- 
tant to accept it— I was hesitant to accept God and to 
admit to myself that I needed Jesus Qirist in my life. 

Roger suggested I read through the Gospel of John 
a few times in order to discover the truth. 

A year ago last September, I started to do just 
that. We were attending a short Bible seminar at the 
time at the "Word of Life" camp in Stamberg near 
Munich. I started to read the Gospel of John and kept 
coming back to one verse in particular: "Jesus said 
unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the Hfe : no 
man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 

I could not get away from these words and their 
implication as far as my life was concerned and real- 
ized that I had better stop fighting and do something 

more positive about finding out about God. What 
better place could one find than at the "Word of 
Life" camp. Although all the people were most kind 
to me and very understanding, I turned to Rev. Ben J. 
Braun for spiritual guidance. It was he that led me 
along the way, showed me the truth and helped me to 
discover a new life in Jesus Christ. It was, at long last, 
my turn to invite Jesus Christ into my life and accept 
Him as my Saviour. Praise the Lord! 

Early in our Christian "childhood," both Luise 
and I decided to take God seriously and to be obedi- 
ent to Him. So we talked to Roger Peugh, now the 
missionary pastor of our home church, about the 
need for some kind of Bible study group in our neigh- 
borhood. He reacted positively to our suggestion and, 
I'm pleased to report, a Bible study group was started 
in our home last February. The next major step was 
baptism— both Luise and I were baptized by Roger on 
January 29, 1978. 

Prior to becoming a Christian, Christina often 
asked her mother why Daddy didn't pray with them. 
Luise had been introducing Christina to Jesus for 
quite some time, and our daughter was being brought 
up in accordance with biblical principles even though 
I did not actually believe in God. So it was natural for 
her to wonder why her daddy did not partake in 
these things. About two months after I accepted 
Christ, Christina came to her mother, of her own ac- 
cord, and said that she had made a "sision" (she had 
heard the word "decision" but could not say it) for 
Jesus and that He now lived in her. I cannot tell you 
what this meant to us. Praise the Lord once again! 

My first inkling that God was calling me into the 
ministry came in the spring of 1978, not long after 
my baptism. I hope you will understand when I say 
that I carried the thought around with me for quite 
sometime before I mentioned it, even to Luise. We sat 
one evening, talking about this-and-that and I came 
out with it. I don't know if you've ever told your 
wife that God is calling you to full-time ministry at 

the age of 42 and having been a Chrisfian for much 
less than a year. It must have sounded as though I'd 
just thought up a new hair-brained scheme. We talked 
about it for quite sometime, as you can well imagine, 
before Luise suggested I call Roger about it. If I in- 
terpreted his reacfions correctly, and I think I did, I 
don't think he was at all surprised. On the contrary, 
he gave me the impression that he had been expecting 
it all along. Who knows, maybe God had warned him 
about it! 

How does one, at the age of 42, go about starring 
to study and prepare oneself for the ministry? It was 
no longer a question of, "To be or not to be, . . ." but 
how? To cut a long story short, Roger told us about 
his longstanding desire for starting in-depth Bible 
training for those preparing for the ministry. It took a 
little while for things to get started-one does not 
begin instruction on the level of a Bible institute or 
seminary without careful planning. 

Finally, after presenting us with a four-year plan 
of study, which was prepared by missionary John 
Pappas, Luise and I started our training in the first 
week of September. I remember the occasion well 
because our daughter started school that same week 
and thought it rather funny that her parents were 
starring intense Bible training at the same rime. (I 
would Uke to think that some day Christina will be 
motivated by our example and become involved in 
such Bible study herself.) 

Thankfulness to the people God has used to bring 
us to this point wells up in our hearts. Sometimes I 
still can hardly believe that all these things have 
actually taken place, but they have. However, the 
reality of the fact that I am about to lose my nine- 
year position with an electronics firm serves to re- 
mind me that I would be in bad shape, if I did not 
have the Lord as my shepherd. To know that my 
heavenly shepherd will lead me through my present 
(and future) difficulties to fruitfulness as a Christian 
is a very comforting thought indeed. 

David Hill studying with Roger Peugh 

January '79 

® ^ New Appointees for Missionary 

Presented as the newest appointees of Brethren Foreign Missions in 
November 1 issue of the Herald was the Mark Henning family. Docu- 
ment work is being cared for so that the Hennings may leave for Uber- 
landia, Brazil, in the very near future. 

Several other appointees are anticipating fall departures for the field 
or language study. Here are brief biographies of these soon-to-be 
missionaries along with their pictures. 

Earl and Lita Futch hail from 
Florida where, by the way, they 
were influential in the lives of 
Ralph and Carolyn Robinson and 
in the latters' decision for mis- 
sionary service in Argentina 
where they are now serving. The 
Futches will be joining the mis- 
sionary team in Argentina next 
fall. Earl is completing his theo- 
logical training at Grace Semi- 
nary this year. He has been 
actively involved in the ministry 
at the Grace Brethren Church in 
Sidney, Ind., during his seminary 
days. The Futches have three 
children: Lisa and Bryan, who 
will remain in the States; and 
Lynette, who will accompany 
her parents to South America. 

Kent and Becky Good were 
leaders of a TIME team that 
spent the summer of 1975 in 
France. Since that time the 
Goods have aimed at the goal of 
returning to France as career mis- 
sionaries. Since his graduation 
from Grace Seminary in 1978, 
Kent has served as an intern pas- 
tor at the Fort Myers, Florida, 
Grace Brethren Bible Church. 
Kent was raised in the Fort 
Lauderdale, Florida, Grace 
Brethren Church, where Becky 
and her family began attending 
when she was 1 6. Both are gradu- 
ates of Grace College. During 
their years of training, Becky 
worked in a travel agency and 
has traveled quite widely, so she 
is well acquainted with the neces- 
sity of adjusting to new cultural 

Edna Haak is being considered,! 
for service with the Peughs and 
Pappases in Germany later thii' 
year. This will not be her firs' 
acquaintance with Europe, foi 
Edna spent a few years there 
She has had a longstanding inter- 
est in people of other lands. Ir 
fact, it was while Edna was iri 
Sweden that she came to know 
Christ through the witness ol 
friends who are Navigators. Sincti 
her return to the States, she ha; 
become a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Lititz, Penn- 
sylvania. In consultation with hei 
pastor, Miss Haak began to con 
sider the possibilities of serving 
the Lord on a foreign field, anc 
she made contact with Brethrer 
Foreign Missions. This year she is 
completing a course in Bible 
study that was requested of her; 
and is making preparations to 
begin language study next fall. 

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Cheryl Kaufman is another 
former TIME missionary whose 
experience on the field has con- 
firmed God's call to missionary 
service. Miss Kaufman spent a 
year in 1975 in the Central Afri- 
can Empire where her enthusias- 
tic and cheerful disposition made 
her a welcome assistant to the 
missionary family there. She has 
had training and experience in 
practical nursing and, at the re- 
quest of the EMS Board, returned 
to school to complete her edu- 
cation, graduating from Grace 
College in 1978. She is pursuing 
a one-year certificate in Grace 
Seminary this year after which 
she will return to Central Africa. 
Cheryl is a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church in Myerstown, 

Tom and Sharon Stallter have 
been appointed to service in Cen- 
tral Africa, also. Tom is the fourth 
of this group of appointees to 
have had missionary experience 
under the TIME program. When 
he went to Africa in 1972, he 
was willing to consider missions 
as a career opportunity, but he 
really didn't think that would be 
God's leading for him. After his 
return, however, God began to 
lay that burden upon his heart 
and now he and Sharon are ex- 
cited about their anticipated 
ministry. Mrs. Stallter (the for- 
mer Sharon Terrell) came from 
the Trotwood Grace Brethren 
Church near Dayton, Ohio. Tom 
is from Bethel Brethren Church 
in Osceola, Indiana. Both are 
graduates of Grace College; after 
a year or so in Grace Seminary, 
Tom transferred to Dallas Semi- 
nary from which he will graduate 
this spring. In the summer of 
1978, the Stallters returned to 
southern Ohio where Tom served 
as an intern pastor at the Trot- 
wood church. 

Here are the opportunities to 

The Eutches, Argentina 

The Goods, Erance 

Edna Haak, Germany 

Cheryl Kaufman, CAE 

The Stallters, CAE 

Prayer cards for these appoin 
quantity your church can effect 
audiovisual presentation about 
these appointees as they prepare 

assist these appointees: 
Annual Support 
. $19,500 

Outfit Fund 

. $ 4,200 

. Write for the 
showing of an 
the needs of 
gn field. 





tees will be available soon 
ively use. Also, reserve a 
each of them. Pray for 
to serve God on the forei 

January '79 


rican Empire 

Roy Snyder 

(FMS Editor's Note: In recent issues 
of the Herald we have inchtded articles 
focusing on our various fields of serv- 
ice-individually, including a little of 
the countr}''s geography, culture, his- 
story, or other factual material Our 
major purpose has been to introduce 
our readers to the opportunities for 
church planting in the various fields 
and acquaint them with the strategies 
for achieving our goals. The material is 
prepared by missionaries actively en- 
gaged in implementing the strategies. 
Look for similar articles in future is- 
sues of the Herald y 
' January 79 

Marian Thurston stands 
in foreground of the N'Zoro 
airstrip in its early stages in 1978 

Teaching the book of Mark to 
African children 

A large magnetic belt in the earth's 
crust was discovered in late 1975 by 
the U.S. Geological Survey. Called 
"The Bangui Anomaly," this belt cen- 
ters in the Central African Empire, in- 
dicating the existence of heavy metal 
deposits— although possibly at great 
depths. A more extensive analysis of 
the nation's geological resources is yet 
to be done, including an aeromagnetic 
survey and specific mineral research. 
In addition to studies being conducted 
by large oil companies, the Central 
African government is studying the 
Vakaga copper reserves to determine 
the feasibOity of their exploitation. A 
systematic analysis of the southern re- 
gions and construction of a chemical 
analysis laboratory in Bangui are 

timber, coffee, and cotton. Growth 
and investment in the small industrial 
sector are continuing. 

Similar optimism accompanies a 
survey of the spiritual development in 
the Church of Jesus Christ in this land. 
Sixty years ago, God moved the 
pioneer missionary party of the Breth- 
ren Church toward the heart of Africa. 
Under extreme hardship, including the 
loss of Ufe, these courageous men and 
women explored central Africa to win 
souls to Jesus Christ. From their origi- 

Bush class 

Village of N'zoro 

School teachers and students in the 
central Bible Institute plus those in 
14 district elementary Bible Schools. 

Still, there remains much to be 
done to develop the African Church 
for a more effective ministry and a 
greater outreach among its people. In- 
creased numbers are being influenced 
by cults and isms that promote "easy" 
religion. Also, with an emphasis on 
authenticity, a return to former cus- 
toms and culture, a great danger is cre- 
ated in the church, often called 
Christopaganism. Declaring the whole 
counsel of God is urgent for the Cen- 
tral African Church in order that it 
may be further instructed to overcome 
these dangers within and without. 

Just as many other organizations 
are projecting into the 1980's, so the 
Brethren missionary staff, and the 
Central African Brethren churches 
purpose to achieve the following goals : 

1) To evangelize more effectively 


There is considerable reason for op- 
timism regarding the long-term devel- 
opment prospects for the CAE. The 
nation is blessed with abundant 
natural resources in the form of rich 
agricultural land, a tropical rain forest, 
and mineral deposits. Foreign aid and 
private investment projects are ex- 
ploiting these resources. Several proj- 
ects, including a uranium processing 
plant at the Bakouma deposits are like- 
ly to reach fruition in the middle-range 
future. The CAE enjoys a diversified 
export base including diamonds. 

Above right: Yaloke school 

nal base of operations, they penetrated 
tribal barriers with the "unsearchable 
riches of Christ." Today, as a testi- 
mony to their faith in Christ and their 
perseverance, there stands a national 
Brethren Church in Africa with 500 
congregations totaling 80,000 mem- 
bers and 1 1,000 converts awaiting bap- 
tism. There are 160,000 professing 
Christians in the Brethren Church in 

These churches support their own 
pastors, build and maintain their own 
buildings, handle their own finances. 
They also support national Bible 

the unreached people of the CAE with 
the view to incorporate them into ex- 
isting Brethren churches or to establish 
additional indigenous congregations in 
the unchurched areas. 

2) To promote the development of 
existing churches to a higher degree of 
spiritual maturity and missionary 

The desire of the Mission is to work 
through the Central African Church 
Board of Missions and Evangelism. By 
counsel and advice, we will encourage 
the use of more effective and efficient 
methods of reaching the unsaved. Con- 
tinued assistance wUl be given to the 
precinct evangelism program through 
the fumishing of evangelistic tracts, 
conducting soul-winning classes, and 
by missionary participation in personal 
evangelism. A stronger emphasis will ^ 
January '79 ( 

be given through the medical work by 
printing and distributing evangelistic 
tracts with a medical theme, encour- 
aging African medical workers in per- 
sonal evangelism, as well as involving 
Bible Institute students in the evangel- 
ism ofhospital and dispensary patients. 

Evangelistic literature will continue 
to play an important part in reaching 
people with the Good News of the 
Gospel. We will seek to improve pro- 
duction and distribution. Instruction 
in the effective use of tracts is also 
necessary. Tracts will be made avail- 
able in languages used by the Moslem 
people of the area as well as those al- 
ready available in French and Sango. 

The youth must become involved in 
evangelism through camps, confer- 
ences, and one-day evangelistic outings. 
Greater effort will be made to use gos- 
pel films, sports programs, and choir 
festivals to attract young people to 
come under the sound of the Gospel. 

Children's ministries have been ne- 
glected because our church leaders 
have not had the vision for them. 
Special training is needed for those 
who are led by the Lord to do this 

work. We must instill in the nationals 
the motivation for evangelizing chil- 
dren, starting with two- and three- 
year-olds. We must provide training 
for Christian parents through family 
seminars, instructing them in how to 
evangelize their own children and train 
them in Christian principles in the 
home. We must take advantage of re- 
leased-time classes in the government 
elementary schools and encourage 
nationals to participate in the minis- 
try. Vacation Bible schools and Sun- 
day Schools are further tools of evan- 
gelism for children. 

Among groups that are still un- 
reached in the Central African Empire 
are Moslems, pygmies, and special 
minorities like peace corps workers, 
tourists, and the diplomatic corps. 

Along with the strategy for con- 
tinuing and making more effective the 
evangelization of the unreached, we 
must encourage the development of 
existing churches toward greater 
spiritual maturity. To do this, we must 
upgrade our existing Bible schools, ex- 
pand the theological education by ex- 
tension program, develop church 

counseling, encourage family seminars, 
and emphasize literature and literacy. 

God has given us a vision for the 
future ! We are as optimistic about the 
development of the church as others 
may be about the development of the 
country's resources. But we have 

1) Missionary personnel— children's 
workers, evangelists and church plant- 
ers to reach the pygmies and Moslems, 
pastor- teachers to work vidth the Afri- 
can church where none are now avail- 
able, a teacher for the Yaloke school, 
Bible School and School of Theology 
teachers, and a business agent. 

2) Projects— small musical instru- 
ments (melodicas), guitars, and ac- 
cordions; youth center buildings and 
equipment; visual aids, and so forth. 

3) Additional literature— for new 
readers, children's hterature, medical 
tracts, choir books, commentaries, and 
so forth. 

Pray with us for the reaching of the 
lost here and the developing of Chris- 
tians to a higher degree of spiritual ma- 
turity. Can we count on your prayers 
and your help? 

Books for Yaloke 

WMF presents Eddie Mensinger with a check to be 
used to purchase books for school of Theology at 
Yaloke (left to right) John W. Zielasko, Eddie Men- 
singer, Bob Fetterhoff, Mark Willey , Ted Witmer, and 
Dave Dil worth. 

WhUe speaking during a Grace Seminary chapel. Rev. 
Eddie Mensinger, a missionary to the Central African Em- 
pire, mentioned the need for books at the School of The- 
january '79 

ology at Yaloke. Two months later he was presented with a 
check for over $2,000 to buy these much-needed books. 
How did this happen? 

After Eddie's chapel presentation, Dr. Whitcomb, a pro- 
fessor at Grace Seminary, spoke to Eddie about the need. 
He then suggested the books as a project for the World Mis- 
sions Fellowship (WMF) at the Seminary. Bob Fetterhoff, 
the president of WMF, took it to his officers and they ap- 
proved the project. 

"Books for Yaloke" was promoted for one week during 
Seminary chapels. At the end of the week a special offering 
was received with other gifts coming in later. 

Some of the commentaries, Bible dictionaries, and the- 
ology books have already been ordered from Europe. They 
will be in French. Bruce Paden, Werner Kammler, and Men- 
singer (who are professors at the school) made a Hst of 
books they felt were needed. These books will be used in 
the training of Africans to be pastors and leaders in our 
churches in the Central African Empire. 

The check for around $2,300 for the project was pre- 
sented to Rev. Eddie Mensinger and Rev. John Zielasko, 
General Director of Brethren Foreign Missions, by the of- 
ficers of World Missions Fellowship in November. Praise the 
Lord for the willingness of the men in Seminary to con- 
tribute to the work of furthering the Gospel in Central 

Guest Reflections 

". . , teaching and admonishing one ( 



Should one assume guilt about the ills of society? 

When I Went 
Into the Sanctuary 

Horace Mohler 

An earnest young spiritual leader was becoming 
more disheartened daily. His name was Asaph, and 
he saw with sadness the national declension in 
piety and morals, the slippage in plain goodness 
and virtue in low places and high, the obsession 
with materiahsm, and the drift into what we today 
call secular humanism. His ears burned, too, with 
the rank laxity in and contempt for clean speech 
and decent expression. At times he must have won- 
dered which was worse-the political situation or 
the spiritual vacuum. (Don't you?) 

Things had gotten so bad and the dimensions of 
evil so broad that he had gone into a blue funk. He 
was disheartened, discouraged, depressed, and it 
was evident that he had other troubles as well. 

Not the least was the growing unsettledness in 
his own mind. Who hasn't at times been on the 
edge of bewilderment, strangely mixed with invidi- 
ous envy and desire? If you can't lick 'em, join 'em. 
Combine the best of two worlds— "go to heaven 
first class." Fortunately, this troubled young 
cantor became convicted, in time, at the very 
thought of being "envious at the prosperity of the 

Sensitive individuals fall prey to this turbulence 
of spirit. They brood upon the ills of society to the 
point of self -blame, and their stability and well- 
being desert them. Worse, there is a failure to 
rationally analyze and determine the reasons for 
looking inward. The temptation is strong (and the 
Tempter stronger) to become subjective and self- 

We have heard much of the lack of conviction in 
the German mind relating to the Nazi holocaust, 
and terms such as genocide in describing the 
human carnage. In West Germany I talked with one 
older Christian about those times, and she de- 
scribed the awareness of wrongdoing and the seem- 

ing helplessness to protest it. There was a shrugging 
of the shoulders. 

So it is with us today, in what has been verbal- 
ized as "the last bastion of freedom." We are still 
free to worship, to express convictions, to criticize, 
to dissent. But we are also free to sin on a scale as 
broad as Sodom in Abraham's time. Yet, like those 
in Hitler's Germany who still had a conscience, we 
Christians are comatose and strangely silent. Still, 
like Asaph, we are torn between conflicting 
emotions. Have you been there? "I was envious 
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. . . . They 
are not in trouble as other men, neither are they 
plagued like other men. . . . Verily I have cleansed 
my heart in vain ... for all day long have I been 
plagued, and chastened every morning." The 
moody mind is a desolate place in which to live- 
beset by darkening shadows, bereft of sunshine and 
light. One thinks of neuroses and psychoses and 
the clinical psychologist. Asaph was there, and it 
was the more painful because of his position. A 
spokesman for a well-known clinic was asked how 
many people are affected at times by some form of 
emotional illness. His answer: "One out of one of 
us-join the club!" 

How can I stimulate others to worship when 1 
myself can neither praise nor worship? Thus 
ponders the physician of souls. Thus pondered 
Asaph, no doubt. Luther and Spurgeon and Wesley 
all expressed this frustration. (Possible solution: re- 
sign my ministry. The Devil suggests added con- 
flict: am I sincere, or a miserable hypocrite?) 

Asaph may not have thought of all of these, but 
it is certain that he did think. We have heard 
people say, "Oh, if I could only stop my thoughts 
for a little whUe"; or, "If I could stop thinking and 
sleep!" Perhaps you have heard yourself say this. 

One day, we are happy to discover, God's clear 
light shone again. Asaph had gone into the sanc- 
tuary to think and pray. Like Isaiah, he experi- 
enced the presence of the Lord, and also his heal- 
ing, and cleansing, and empowerment. Like Isaiah, 
too, the live coal from off the altar must have 
touched his lips and purged the inner man. "When 
I thought to know ... it was too painful for me, 
until I went into the sanctuary of God: then I 
understood. ..." 

How precious and wonderful that God's grace 
is sufficient, and his healing and cleansing available. 
He deals with me, with you, as His child. 

It is true that "every man shall bear his own 
burden." But I am not intrinsically guilty of the 
corporate sins of my generation. I do have a man- 
date to speak out against them. < 

January 79 i 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 

n On December 10 Rev. Mike Wingfield resigned as pastor 
of the Elyria Grace Brethren Church of Elyria, Ohio. Mr. 
Wingfield has accepted the call to pastor the Grace Brethren 
Church of Covington, Va. 

D Sunday, Nov. 19, was the first monthly Youth Sunday at 
the Clearwater Grace Brethren Church, Clearwater, Fla., 
when students from Trinity College, Clearwater Christian 
College, and the young people of the church participated in 
and conducted the entire morning and evening worship 
services. Nearly 50 people attended these services. 

n Early in December 1978, church services began being 
held in Homer, Alaska. Rev. William H. Schaffer is pastor- 
ma this church until Dan Bull finishes school in May. 

(1. to r.) Rev. William H. Schaffer, Re\ Ed Jackson, and 
Homer Waller, member of the Brethren Home Missions 
Council board, stand at the future site of the new church. 

n The Grace Brethren Church of Middlebranch, Ohio, has 
extended a call to Rev. Stanley Nairn. Mr. Nairn, who has 
been the assistant pastor of the Lehigh Valley Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Bethlehem, Pa., will assume the pastorate at 
Middlebranch this month. 

D The First Brethren Church of Fillmore, Calif., sold their 
building and have discontinued services for the present. The 
mailing address will be the same as in the Annual. Ted 
Malaimare has been the pastor for almost the last 1 1 years. 
January '79 

n Norwalk, Calif.— Dr. Nathan Meyer, outstanding evangel- 
ist and Bible prophecy speaker, was on hand for a prophetic 
conference at the Norwalk Brethren Church, Nov. 19-22. 
The coming world events were explained from the Bible 
and slides were shown each evening of the Holy Land and 
Iron Curtain countries. Edward Clark, pastor. 

D The Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio, recently 
honored Pastor and Mrs. Knute Larson on their tenth anni- 
versary as senior pastor at the Grace Brethren Church. A 
surprise reception included skits, presentation of a note- 
book of letters of appreciation, and a pewter tea-service 
with other money for a home gift. 

Pastor and Mrs. Knute Larson and family 

D Within the last few months a pastoral staff has been 
formed at the Community Grace Brethren Church, Long 
Beach, Calif. It began when Dr. Dennis Beach was called as 
senior pastor. Shortly thereafter. Rev. Howard Altig as- 
sumed the duties of associate pastor, and a third man— Mr. 
Ed Waken (a member of the congregation) was recently 
chosen as pastoral intern with a ministry to the youth. The 
church will be assuming Waken's educational expenses at 
Grace Bible Institute, Long Beach, as part of his in- 
service training. A unique feature of this staff is that each 
man is serving in a part-time capacity. 

D The Grace Brethren Church of North Canton, Ohio, will 
host the Fellowship of Christian Puppeteers during April 
27-29, 1979. Richard Boosz will be the personal host of the 
Grace Brethren Church for the conference. 

n Donald and Mabel Marken are now members of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Danville, Ohio, and Mr. Marken 
is to be recognized as associate pastor of the church. 

D Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio, reports a 
100 percent increase during the last four years. That 
increase was from 151 in 1974 to 331 in 1978. 

D A position is available for a teller-bookkeeper with 
typing and general business office duties. Some business 
education required and experience desirable. This is an op- 
portunity for a young lady to pursue a good working ex- 
perience and serve the Lord for the benefit of the Fellow- 
ship of Grace Brethren Churches. Send resume to: Walter 
R. Fretz, Financial Secretary, Brethren Investment Founda- 
tion, Inc., P. 0. Box 587, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 



Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest always 
upon, these new families who join the Brethren Missionary Herald 
readership. A six-month free subscription to the Herald is given to 
newlyweds whose addresses are supplied by the officiating minister. 

Kay Anne Batzel and Donald L. Clarke, Everett Grace 

Brethren Church, Everett, Pa. 

Robyn Ragan and Philip Palmquist, June 3, Community 

Grace Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif. 

Alice Castillo and Stephen Mathis, June 10, Community 

Grace Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif. 

Cynthia Luster and James Moody, July 21, Grace Brethren 

Church, Telford, Tenn. 

Stephanie Orozco and Sal Hernandez, July 15, Community 

Grace Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif. 

Lynnette Stiffler and Roger Dick, Aug. 19, Valley Grace 

Brethren Church, Armagh, Pa. 

Kathy Weyandt and Walter Decker, Aug. 19, Vicksburg 

Grace Brethren Church, HoUidaysburg, Pa. 

Sandra Spence and Patrick Sharp, Aug. 26, Community 

Grace Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif. 

Debra Hinger and John Potosky, Sept. 2, Community 

Grace Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif. 

Patty Briceno and Bill PenhoUow, Sept. 9, Grace Brethren 

Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Marilyn Grubb and Brian Ruttencutter, Sept. 9, Grace 

Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Connie Kyker and Gary Jeffers, Sept. 15, Grace Brethren 

Church, Telford, Tenn. 

Lou Ann Dice and Phil VanLieu, Sept. 16, Hope Grace 

Brethren Church, Dillsburg, Pa. 

Suzy Phelps and Russell Millias, Sept. 23, Grace Brethren 

Church, Long Beach, CaHf. 

Norma Varela and David Mcintosh, Oct. 6, Grace Brethren 

Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Jeanne Gronewold and Robert Bauerle, Oct. 7, Community 

Grace Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif. 

Christy Watson and Jeff Hogon, Oct. 14, Grace Brethren 

Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Debbie KnapQ and Steve Paul, Oct. 21, Grace Brethren 

Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Karen Matthews and Lee Eldredge, Nov. 3, Grace Brethren 

Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Rhonda Blankenship and David Somers, Nov. 11, Clayton 

Grace Brethren Church, Clayton, Ohio. 

Kathleen Fitzsimmons and James Livesay, Dec. 2, Clayton 

Grace Brethren Church, Clayton, Ohio. 

Robin Rebstad and Bob Weesner, Dec. 2, Grace Brethren 

Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Kathy Hummel and Randy Hoskinson, Dec. 8, West Homer 

Brethren Church, Homerville, Ohio. 

Cicy Wong and Michael Kemper, Dec. 9, Grace Brethren 

Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Claire Frazer and Charles Riley, Dec. 16, Community Grace 

Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif. 

Laura Kobzeff and Michael Lee, Dec. 23, Community 

Grace Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif. 

Clearwater, Fla., Feb. 11-14. Marion R. Thomas, pastor; 
Nathan Meyer, speaker. 

choinpje yjouir annual 

Robert Kern, R. R. 4, Box 89, Myerstown, Pa. 17067. D 
Wendell E. Kent, P.O. Box 362, Waynesboro, Pa. 17268, 
phone: 717/749-5825. 

Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

ALLEN, Marie, Nov. 16, Grace Brethren Church, Long 
Beach, Calif. David Hocking, pastor. 

CRAWFORD, Walter, Nov. 25, 72, a faithful member of 
the Grace Brethren Church of Canton, Ohio. 
DARBY, Charles, 93, Dec. 7, member of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Lake Odessa, Mich., for 65 years. Bill 
Stevens, pastor. 

DONALDSON. Mabel E., Nov. 17, 70. She was a member 
of the First Brethren Church, Lanham, Md., when she lived 
in Washington, D.C. Then she moved and became a member 
of the Grace Brethren Church in Alexandria, Va., where she 
served faithfully for many years as director of the Day 
School, a VBS director, a Sunday School teacher, and 
pianist. W. Carl Miller, pastor. 

FRIDLEY, Walter T., Sept. 7, on his 77th birthday. He 
was a charter member of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Covington, Va. 

HARDING. Michelle. Nov. 5. She was born Sept. 18, 1978, 
and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Harding of Penn 
Valley Grace Brethren Church, Telford, Pa. 
HOFFMAN, Melita J., Nov. 10, 53. She was a faithful 
member of the Calvary Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, 
Md., for 20 years. Curtis W. Stroman, pastor. 
HUBBARD, Grace, Nov. 19, 81. A faithful member of 
Leon Brethren Church, Leon, Iowa. Glen Welborn, pastor. 
JOHNSON, Anna, Sept. 8, Grace Brethren Church, Long 
Beach, Calif. David Hocking, pastor. 

MOHLER, Jeanette. Nov. 16, 63, wife of Rev. Paul Mohler. 
Funeral services were held in Grafton, W. Va., on Saturday, 
Nov. 18, and memorial services and burial were held at 
Middlebranch, Ohio, Nov. 19. Clergymen officiating were: 
Rev. Harry Nonnemacher, assisted by Rev. True Hunt, Rev. 
Shinier Darr, Rev. Michael Funderburg, and Rev. Dick 
McCarthy, from the Allegheny District; and in Ohio: Rev. 
Jake Kliever presented the memorial message assisted by 
Rev. John Dilling and Rev. Gerald Teeter. 
SCHAEFFER, Carl, Nov. 28, 68, a faithful member of First 
Brethren Church of West Kittanning, Pa. Richard Cornwell, 

SMITH, Laura, Oct. 29, 84, a faithful member of the 
Everett Grace Brethren Church, Everett, Pa. Homer 

Lingenfelter, pastor. 

January 79 i 

GBC Christian Education 

Box 365, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 


Here I Stand . . 

Martin Luther's words before the Diet of 
Worms are famous: "Here I stand, I can do 
no other." 

But they are little used. 

Sometimes it's because we're not sure 
where we do stand, or we're leaning toward 
doing something other, if we have found a 
place to stand. 

Sometimes it's because, though we have 
taken a stand, no one seems to care. Not 
even the worms. 

If Christian education is anything in a 
local church, it is people loving and studying 
to find where they should stand, and then 
taking their stance right there together. 

Often we take our stands only on minor 
issues— how we feel about the length of side- 
burns, or cymbal clashing, or the color of 
the sanctuary walls. "Here I stand," we af- 

And the enemy doesn't even care. 

What he cares about is when we take a 
real stand for justification by faith alone, 
and want to share that good news carefully. 

What he cares about is when we shall not 
be moved from a life style of holiness, and 
daily controlled obedience to the Holy 

Stand there, and do no other, and you 
have taken a stand where it matters! 

Take a stance against laziness, and give 
your life to ministry, and you are in a posi- 
tion that matters to God. 

Take a stand for families, and allow that 
commitment to be seen in the way you treat 
and speak of your wife or husband, and raise 
your children, and you will have strengthened 
the foundations with your stance. 

Take a stand on the verbal inspiration and 
correctness and authority of all the Bible, 
and you will be standing true. While others 
shift in the wind. 

Luther is our brother. 

I Can Do No Other 

CE Youth Programs 
Coming in March; 
Monthly Packets Great! 

SMM Popularity Spreads; 
Other Denomination Use 

GBC Readable 
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Order From CE 

National D-Days 
In Atlanta, Jan. 15-19: 
District Leaders Invited 

CE Ministries Add 

"Ohtih ..." for Pastors' Wives; 

Similar to "Hmmm ..." 

"Senior Medal of Ministry" 
"Educator of the Year" 
Award Applications Due 

Timothy Teams Complete 
Phase 1 Ministries, 
Gallon and N. Kokomo 


Don't look back. 

Remember Lot's wife. 

Happy New Year! 

I love Paul's, "forgetting tho 
things which are behind..." (Ph 

Especially when I get reminded i 
my sins or failures. Please forget. 

I understand God somehow does! 

As you begin your Christian ed ye 
at church, seeking to help people grc 
in the grace of Christ and His power 
urge you to forge ahead. 

1. Forget how that other pasti 
you know did things, at least 
the sense of comparing. Gc 
created us different. 

2. Throw away the church phras 
"We never did it that way b 
fore." Actually, that may I 
part of the problem! 

3. Put behind you any grudges 
harsh feelings with anotht 
Ask or grant forgiveness. 

4. Forget how you used to i 
range chairs in your adult da 
and put them in a circle 
people can see each other ar 
get warmer. 

5. Forget that few visit, and r 

hoping to help in Christian ed, youth, and church growth 

Rev. Knute Larson, Executive Director Rev. Ed Lew/is, Director of Youth Ministries 

Judy Ashman, Director of SIVIIVI Ginny Toroian, Administrative Assistant 

Brian Roseborough, Assistant to the Directors- Gladys Deloe, Youth Secretary 






member that home visitation is 
part of the Sunday School 
teacher's job. 

Stop immorality, lying, sodo- 
my, gossip, prayerlessness, and 
other sins. 

Forget that you tried once 
(and failed) in an area of love 
for others. Try again. 
Help a friend who helps in CE 
ministry forget that he's been 
skipping prayer meeting or 
teachers' meetings by inviting 
him to go along with you. 
Forget you just took your wife 
out for breakfast last week and 
do it again. 

Leave behind the way your 
daughter was sloppy before, 
and let her know you have 
new high expectations and 
want her to share them! 
Forget you have an offering to 
GBC Christian Education 
(though we won't) and give an- 
other one! 

Forget that a certain person 
was negative when asked about 
serving in a CE ministry before, 
and challenge him again with 
God's opportunity. He may be 
one of the kind who gets inter- 
ested when he knows you 
really are. 

Forget the last-minute way you 
prepared your girls-group les- 
son last time and start studying 
and thinking and praying about 
it a week ahead. 
Turn into a salt pillar next Sun- 
day morning if you recall by 

practice the habit of staying up 
late Saturday night and treat- 
ing it like it isn't a school 

15. Forget materialistic goals that 
only lay up treasures on earth 
and take your concentration 
away from God, your family, 
and your church ministries and 

16. Forget that midnight snack if 
it's adding excess bags. 

17. Forget staying up till midnight 
if it's adding excess bags. 

18. Don't look back when a beauti- 
ful woman walks by you. (Un- 
less it's your wife.) 

19. If it was your wife, don't let 
her walk by you. 

20. (If you're single, or a woman, 
disregard 18 and 19). 

21. Forget that you haven't had 
time to read the Bible and do 
that regularly this year. 

22. Forget that you heard all kids 
are bad and have one in your 
prayers daily, and see how you 
can help your church and 
friends help more of the good 
ones get better. 



Here we begin a new GBC 
Christian Education feature— 

This works for us! 

Dan Boulton, 

CE pastor at Worth ington GBC 

goes first. Thanl<s, Dan! 

Lest We Forget: 
Oversight - Care 

All effective Christian education 
ministries require oversight. Without 
superintendents, coordinators, and de- 
partment leaders that are helping their 
teachers through resources, training, 
and encouragement, most CE minis- 
tries will not be potent enough. 

Often the urgent thing to do is get a 
teacher! However, the most important 
thing to do would be to disciple a 
faithful man whose sole responsibility 
would be management. The goal 
should be to have one of these over- 
seers for every three or four classes. 
Also, for every three or four managers 
there should be an overseer. 

"WalHThru the Bible" 
Scheduled for 1979 
CE Convention 

GBC Youth Give 
For CE Equipment, 
Office Needs 
(Thank you!) 

January '79 

"Barnabas" teens 

involved in 

sharing Christ. 


kids, kids, . . 

Youth work in a local church usual- 
ly gets you somewhere between exas- 
perated and exhilerated. There's 
nothing like teen-agers— and they give 
special life, flexibility, hope, and 
opportunity to a local church. 

Ask people what they know about 
a church, and near the top of the list 
you will hear what kind of a youth 
program the church has. The kids 
care— they want to be where action is. 
The parents and grandparents care— 
they're scared of what their teens 
could be. The only people who don't 
care are the children— and they will 
care next year. 

Whatever you do with the future, 
hitch your hopes to youth work. If 
you pastor, or staff it in CE areas, get 
on to youth excellence right away. 
Check Ed Lewis' philosophy. Use our 
new programs. 

Have a teen or two in for pizza (or 

Youth work is not appetizer— pre- 
paring for what follows. It is not des- 
sert—often a nonessential or luxury. It 
should be part of the main course of 
the church! 

It is work. It is a faithful, consistent 
passion for God to shape young hearts 
into obedient homes for His Spirit. 
But that's good work, and in the name 
of Christ who was 13-19 years old for 
a year each, I urge you to save a huge 
hunk of your heart for it all your life. 

love, love 

Seeing Is Believing 

Then there was the guy who defined the difference between love in the big 
city and love in the little. 

"In the big city where I used to live," he said, "if I fell over dead on the 
street people would just walk by, step over my body, and go about their 

"But," he said, "if I fell over dead here in this little town, where I live 
now, people would walk by, step over my body, and say, 'Look, there's old 
Sam Smith.' " 

It isn't any easier to love in Winona Lake than it is in New York City. 

Maybe there're less people you don't have to love in Winona, or any other 
Smalltown, USA, but it still is work to love. 

And in your church, there is the need for that work of love. 

Agape love is righteous action to meet the needs of another. It is the love 
that Jesus said should characterize Christians. It should be so evident in the 
local church, by the way people treat each other, that others who visit or 
look on say, "My how they love each other." 

And they must see it, not hear it. 

Hearing is not believing. 

Seeing is, in this case. 

People see love in a local church when: 

1 . People talk to each other. 

2. People go to others who have fallen to try to pick them up and help 
them be restored spiritually (as directed— Galatians 6:1-2). 

3. People hear about financial or physical needs of others and go help, 
skipping that famous but unnecessary step, "If there is anything I can 
do, let me know " (as directed— James 2:15-16). 

4. People want to be in smaller groups for ministry and mutual encourage- 

5. The church has volunteers to minister— to get to know and guide the 
teens, to watch the babies so the choir can practice, to house a visitor, 
to share time and food. 

6. People overlook mistakes and offenses in others (as directed — I Peter 4:8). 

7. When they can't overlook offenses, people go to the offender (as di- 
rected-Matthew 18:15). 

8. People bury those who fall dead, and go minister to the surviving! 
It can work in the big city or the little. 

But it takes the work of the Holy Spirit in you, for He produces love as we 
walk in obedience to His Word and in trust in His strength. 

. . . And Good 




Little Sisters— Grades 1,2,3 

Amigas— Grades 4,5,6 

Lumiere— Grades 7,8,9 

Charis-Grades 10,11,12 

Spiritual/Mental Development: 

Spiritual/Mental Development: 

Spiritual/Mental Development: 

Spiritual/Mental Development: 

Faithfulness Goal 

Faithful Goal 

Stewardship Goal: Attendance, 

Stewardship Goal 

Missionary Goal 

Missions Goal 

tithing, devotions, evangelism 

Church Service Goal 

Bible Goal 

Bible Goal 

Service Goal ; Missions, projects 

Bible Doctrine Goal 

Bible Reading Goal 

Bible Reading Goal 

Brethren Heritage Goal 


Bible Memorization Goal 

Bible Memorization Goal 

Bible Reading Goal 

Bible Memorization Goal 

Social/Skill Development: 

Social/Skill Development: 

Social/Skill Development: 

Social/Skill Development: 

Nature Goal 

Cooking Goal 

Self-Enrichment Goal: Cooking 

Leadership Goal 

Helper Goal 

Friendship Goal 
Sewcraft Goal 
First Aid Goal 
Music Goal 

first aid, dramatics, 
writing, baptism, etc. 

Home Arts Goal 

Spiritual/Mental Development: 

Spiritual/Mental Development: 

Spiritual/Mental Development: 

Spiritual/Mental Development: 

Faithfulness Goal 

Faithful Goal 

Stewardship Goal 

Stewardship Goal 

Missionary Goal 

Missions Goal 

Service Goal 

Church Service Goal 

Bible Goal 

Bible Goal 

Bible Reading Goal 

Missions Goal 

Bible Reading Goal 

Bible Memorization Goal 

Bible Reading Goal 


Bible Memorization Goal 

Bible Memorization Goal 

Social/Skill Development: 

Social/Skill Development: 

Social/Skill Development: 

Social/Skill Development: 

Father's Helper Goal 

Art Goal 

Self-Enrichment Goal: Sewing 

Leadership Goal 

Mother's Helper Goal 

Courtesy Goal 

camping, charm course, crafts 

Children's Ministries Goal 

Health Goal 

Gardening Goal 
Needlecraft Goal 
Safety Goal 
Camping Goal 

literary, etc. 

Home Arts Goal 

Spiritual/Mental Development: 

Spiritual/Mental Development: 

Spiritual/Mental Development: 

Spiritual/Mental Development: 

Faithfulness Goal 

Faithful Goal 

Stewardship Goal 

Stewardship Goal 

Missionary Goal 

Missions Goal 

Seryice Goal 

Church Service Goal 

Bible Goal 

Bible Goal 

Bible Reading Goal 

Missions Goal 


Church Goal 

Bible Reading Goal 
Bible Memorization Goal 

Bible Memorization Goal 

Bible Reading Goal 
Bible Memorization Goal 


Social/Skill Development: 

Social/Skill Development: 

Social/Skill Development: 

Social/Skill Development: 


Cooking Goal 

Citizenship Goal 

Self-Enrichment Goal: Cooking 

Leadership Goal 

Manners Goal 

Family Goal 

babysitting, music, career. 

Home Arts Goal 

Housekeeping Goal 

photography, journalism, etc. 

Music/Literature Goal 

Literary Goal 

Nature Goal 

Physical Fitness Goal 

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Church Membership Goal 


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Personal Goal 

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Photography Goal 

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Seamstress Goal 





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Hagerstown (Maranatha), Maryland 


North Lauderdale, Florida 



Modesto (Big Valley), California 


Dayton (Huber Heights), Ohio 


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North Kokomo, Indiana 


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National Youth Week - 
January 28 through February 4 

Concern and Committment 

Brethren National Youth Conference - 
August 12 - 19 at Florida Bible College, 
Hollywood, Florida. 

Watk in tite Son 

January 79 i 

Faulty Smoke Signals 

Wendell E. Kent 

Thousands of people in St. Peter's Square waited expect- 
antly. Seven million Catholics around the world also waited, 
not to mention those of us Protestants who were at least 
curious about the whole proceeding. 

What were so many people waiting for? They waited for 
some puffs of white smoke to rise from that special chim- 
ney at the Vatican-the one coming from the room where 
the highest dignitaries of the church were gathered in secret 
conclave to choose a new pope. 

Wasn't it interesting that, in this age of technological 
marvels, so simple a thing as sending up some white smoke 
proved to be too much for the experts to handle? They 
couldn't get it to work right. 

I don't know what significance you might see in all of 
that. Perhaps your first impression as a layman might be 
that this shows you how badly a bunch of preachers can 
comphcate and botch up a fairly simple maneuver. But I'm 
not sure it was their fault. Maybe the experts who were sup- 
posed to have it ready didn't fix it right. 

Perhaps another thought, a little more sensible, is this. 
As the world looks at the church today, does it see it as an 
antiquated, outmoded institution still trying to send up 
smoke signals in an age of sophistication? Was that little 
smoke signal snafu a pitiful picture in miniature of the 
church's modern-day image in the eyes of the world? 

Much that we do in the church is steeped in tradition, of 
course. We have been around for a good while. But are we 
lagging so far behind the needs and interests of the people 
to whom we minister that we appear to be horse-and-buggy 
riders in a jet-conscious age, sending smoke signals instead 
of more reliable messages? 

Some of those who have left the church would answer 
"yes," I am afraid. 

The church is supposed to give forth a clear, distinct 
message to the waiting world. I can think of some faulty 
smoke signals that have gone up from the church over the 
years. Some of them still haven't been corrected. 

How about the idea that the church is a spectator insti- 
tution, that there is nothing much for people to do but sit 
and absorb what its leaders teach them. That's certainly a 
faulty signal. There is lots to do— for everybody. 

Or how about the signal that the Christian life is dull and 
unexciting? Lots of people have picked up that message and 
assumed it is true when it isn't. 

Neither are some doctrinal smoke signals that many still 
take as true. Like the idea that our Saviour is less than God, 
or that our salvation is won by sincerity and good works, 
or that our Bible is riddled with errors. 

The church exists to send forth a different sort of mes- 
sage than that. We don't want people to be in any doubt 
about how to be saved or what to believe or where we 
stand. Let's watch what kind of signal we transmit to the 
waiting world. 
!) January '79 




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Mssionary fBlnhdays 


(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 28 and 29 
of the 1979 Grace Brethren Annual.) 


Miss Carol Mensinger March 6 

Jonathan Austin March 10, 1975 

Stephanie Pfahler March 23, 1972 


Alan Hoyt March 7, 1963 

Mrs. Lynn Hoyt March 12 

Greg Robinson March 15, 1972 


Ronald Burk March 15, 1972 


Mrs. Thomas JuUen March 27 


Rev. Foster Tresise March 20 


Mr. Albert Balzer March 1 

Mrs. Hill Maconaghy March 21 

Mrs. Hattie Sheldon March 21 

Joseph Johnson March 25, 1975 

Miss Gail Jones March 3 1 

wmc oFHciarg 

Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Hwy., Winona Lake, 
I nd. 46590 

1st Vice President- 
Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) RIsser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

2nd Vice President- 
Mrs. Walter (Emma) Fretz, 413 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 565 Stonyridge Ave., Troy, Ohio 45373 

Assistant Secretary- 
Mrs. Tom (Donna) Miller, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 

Mrs. Tom (Geneva) Inman, 2244 Fernwood Dr., Colorado 
Springs, Colo. 80190 

Literature Secretary- 
Mrs. Lloyd (Mary Lois) Fish, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R. R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, 
Ind. 46580 

Prayer Chairman- 
Mrs. Harold (Ada) Etiing, 803 Esplanade, Winona Lake, Ind. 


GOAL - $7,000 

Deadline - March 10, 1979 

Combination Project for Grace Seminary 

Films, Books, Equipment 

January '79 

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Brickbats and Bouquets 

Have you received roses lately? Or does the 
only unexpected thing that comes through 
the storm door happen to be the neighbor 
child's snowball or extra stone from the drive- 
way? Your national WMC officers would like 
to hear from you concerning your desires 
and wishes for your organization. We are not 
promising to change overnight, but would like 
to hear your ideas. As leaders we want to 
serve you, but we have not been given sight or 
hearing of all your likes and dislikes across the 
United States. 

If something that is being accomplished on 


Beep, beep, beep, blip; beep, beep, beep, 
blip; beep, beep, beep, blip— continuously the 
noise of the new game sounded and the un- 
watched TV continued its chattering. Three 
small children added to the confusion by try- 
ing desperately to get the game's hen to lay an 
egg in their individual baskets. Cheering and 
cajoling did not coerce the chicken, and 
poking the correct button at the appropriate 
time did not always mean success. The din 
increased as mother and grandma tried to 
converse about the evening's schedule and 
approaching mealtime. 

"Wait a minute! Could some noise be elimi- 
nated, please, to retain sanity for just a few 
seconds longer?" 

But is the "noise" of happy children objec- 
tionable? Can you think how the Heavenly 
Father reacts when His children are happy in 
Him. Psalm 100: 1-2, 5 comes to mind: "Make 
a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. 
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his 
presence with singing. [Yes, even being a 
mother and guiding in proper paths is service 
to the Lord.] For the Lord is good; his mercy 
is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all 
generations." (That means the three on the 
floor, right Lord?) 

Articles by WMC members are welcomed and appreciated 
for the HOMESPUN column. Send any contributions to Mrs. 
Linda Hoke, editor, R. R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, Ind. 

January '79 

the national level does not come up to your 
level of expectation, let us know. However, 
we would also like to know when we do 
something right. 

Let's call this the month of brickbats and 
bouquets. Send your comments to any of the 
national officers. Addresses can be found on 
page 31 of this same issue. Not that we want 
to stir up a hornet's nest, but we do anticipate 
hearing good suggestions for the betterment 
of the national organization. 

National WMC mid-year board meetings 
will be on the scene shortly and we would like 
to have your comments to discuss so that 
some may be put to good use before months 
and years go by. 

This is the time to put down on paper and 
let Uncle Sam deliver all your ideas, com- 
ments, criticisms, and support of the func- 
tions of WMC. Let us know your problems; 
locally, on a district level, and so forth. We 
don't claim to be "know-it-alls," but we will 
be glad to offer suggestions or accept them in 

The following are only a few suggestions or 
food for thought. Does bulk mailing reach 
you— eventually? For example, a president's 
letter was sent in early November. Did you re- 
ceive it as a local president? What are the feel- 
ings of your local organization or district on 
the changing of the WMC logo— the "Pen 
Pointer" symbol? Don't wait to contact the 
other members of your group to find out 
what they think. Give us individual opinions. 
We appreciate YOU. Keep in mind that we try 
to please at least most of you, if we can't 
please all. 

Remember, even the U.S. mail will tliink 
you appreciate it if each sends one letter after 
the Christmas rush. 

I Found True Freedom 

Mrs. Richard May hue 

After four years our marriage 
was almost over. The love that we 
started with had gradually shriv- 
eled; it could not survive the com- 
bination of our self-centeredness 
and the almost continuous separa- 
tions that Dick's position as a Naval 
officer demanded. 

On October 6, 1969, we agreed 
to try for six more months. Then, 
if there was no improvement in our 
relationship, we would get a divorce. 

We filled our lives with activities, 
new people and interesting places; 
but, Hke Hump ty -Dump ty, nothing 
could put us together again. 

The six months were finally 
over. At last it was time for my 
freedom. And indeed it was— but a 
much broader freedom than I had 

The Christian managers of our 
apartment invited us to hear a dy- 
namic speaker at their church. That 
evening. Ken Poure taught us that 
sin was a barrier between God and 
man and that we were headed for 
an eternity separated from Him. 
But God in His infinite love had 
provided the solution: Jesus took 

our punishment. We believed that 
Jesus died for us and personally re- 
ceived Him into our hearts as Lord 
and Saviour. The sin barrier was re- 

On April 6, 1970, exactly six 
months after our agreement, we 
were both bom again! We knew 
then that divorce was no longer an 
option. Although I had no love in 
my heart for Dick, God instilled in 
me the desire to make our marriage 

Later, I knelt at home and 
prayed, "Lord, You know that I 
don't love him. But You do, and 
You're living in my heart now. 

Please use me as a channel— love 
him through me— and teach me to 
love him." 

After a few years, I no longer 
needed to pray that God would fill 
my heart with love; it was filled and 

Our marriage is now based soHd- 
ly on the firm foundation of Jesus 
Christ, and our love and compan- 
ionship continue to grow. 

(WMC Editor's Note: "B" May hue 
and husband, Dick, have two chil- 
dren, LeeAnn and Wade. TJiey re- 
side in Winona Lake, Indiana, 
where Dick is working on an ad- 
vanced degree in the seminar}', and 



1 . Martinsburg, West Virginia $284.01 

2. Lakewood, California $ 71.01 

3. Everett, Pennsylvania, Middler $ 33.91 

4. Anderson, South Carolina $ 33.06 

5. Altoona, Pennsylvania, First-Senior $ 32.60 

6. Telford, Pennsylvania $ 32.18 

7. Modesto, California, LaLoma $ 30. 1 8 

8. Everett, Pennsylvania, Senior $ 28.94 

9. Hagerstown, Maryland, 

Grace-Esther $ 28.64 

10. Brookville, Ohio $ 27.27 

February Missions Study 
Becky Julien 


March 1 and 2, 1979 
Winona Lake, Indiana 

January '79 

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Update from a Birthday 


Dear friends. 

The letter from Sally Neely, 
national secretary ofWMC, informing 
me that I had been chosen a Birthday 
Missionary for the year, was a crown- 
ing touch to a wonderful experience I 
shared with the ladies here in Brazil. 

Tuesday evening through Friday 
noon ttK'enty-three women, and four 
babies, from the Guama River congre- 
ations gathered at our house for a 
spiritual retreat. It was a first-time 
experience for all of us and our loving 
Lord thrilled our hearts from the first 
hours until the end. 

Since each lady brought her own 
hammock for sleeping, her own dishes 
for meals, and a part of the food, the 
physical preparation required was 
limited and the cost for each one 

Brazilian ladies learn to 
make the Bible and its 
teachings practical for 
everyday living througji 
Bible study and discussion 
during their first retreat. 

January '79 


A souvenir can also be a 
helpful aid in causing these 
ladies to recall the happy 
and enriching experiences 
of the time of study in 
God's Word. 


Carry-in meals in Brazil are 
enjoyed by the ladies just 
like fellowship times here 
in the U.S. Each lady sup- 
plied a portion of food as 
well as table service- 
sound familiar? 

our opinions and experiences, but 
concluded by seeking God's answer as 
the only truly reliable one. 

The painting of a plaster of Paris 
scripture plaque provided an inter- 
esting diversion for the late afternoon 
as well as a "Lembranca"~a souvenir 
of the retreat to take home. 

Before they left, plans were made 
and a date set for next year's retreat. 
Tlie only word of concern I heard 
expressed was whether or not they 
could remember enough of the lessons 
to convince their husbands that it had 
been worthwhile. Since some were 

illiterate and others barely literate, 
this was no sniall problem. 

As we shared together those days 
there were two things that impressed 
me deeply: their joy and deep thank- 
fulness for their salvation, and their 
great concern for unsaved relatives 
and friends. 

It is a source of real satisfaction to 
me to know that we do not labor 
alone here, but that this spiritual 
han'est is shared by you faith fid ladies 
all across our nation. Each of you 
shares in our discouragements and in 
our rejoicings through your faithful 
prayer support. 

May our dear Lord bless each of 
you as you learn together through this 
coming year to understand better the 
meaning of "The Joy of the Lord" as 
revealed in His Word. 


I mo gene Burk 

We began each day by dividing into 
small groups and sharing in an 
unhurried prayer time. Some of the 
ladies were new Christians who had 
never prayed aloud before and thus, 
were given opportunity to learn and 
to participate in a family-like 

Two Bible studies occupied the rest 
of the morning, punctuated by much 
singing and testimonies. We did not all 
know each other so we related in our 
testimonies how we came to hear the 
Gospel It was exciting to learn that 
most were first introduced to the 
Saviour by a concerned relative or 

The first hour in the afternoon was 
a round-table discussion. The subjects 
were chosen by the ladies. We offered 

Pray for the ladies of the Guama River 
congregations as they have returned to 
their homes that the lessons of the re- 
treat may remain in their hearts. 

January '79 

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Highlighting Grace Athletes 

Men and women's basketball cur- 
rently highlight the sports scene at 
Grace College. The men, coached by 
Jim Kessler, who began the new year 
with a 7-4 record overall and 3-0 in the 
Mid-Central Conference, are touring 
Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maine 
and New York for a series of games 
and church services through January 

"We have a young team working to- 
gether better each game and we should 
end the season with an improvement 
over last year's 13-20 season," Kessler 
said. Two starters retum in Kimpy 
Sanders, Chesterfield, Indiana, the 
team's leading scorer and rebounder; 
and Larry Downs, Mobile, Alabama, 
third in scoring. Also playing impor- 
tant roles in the games are Sophomore 
Byron Smith, Hershey, Pennsylvania; 
Senior Matt Tomsheck, Michigan City, 
Indiana, back in action after sitting 
out a year with knee surgery; and Sam 
Fields, Michigantown, Indiana, last 
year's number six man. 

A new crop of players seeing plenty 
of action include Greg Wright, 6-7 
sophomore transfer from California, 
second in scoring and rebounding; and 
Freshman Kevin Willour, outstanding 
point guard of Huntington, Indiana. 
John Garner, 6-8 center, a sophomore 
transfer from Pontiac, Michigan, be- 
came eligible to play on the eastern 
tour. Others adding strength to the 
team include Dave Henthom, Indi- 
anapolis; Scott Laidig, Mishawaka, In- 
diana; Gordon Kisler, Fort Wayne, In- 
diana; Dave Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana; 
and Larry Vaughn, Altoona, Pennsyl- 

Although the Lancerettes, coached 
by David Dockery, lost the first three 
games of the season, the team is look- 
ing forward to better things in 1979. 
There are seven returning letter win- 
ners including the team's most valu- 
able player in Leisa Rude, a 5-6 sopho- 
more from Fort Lauderdale, Florida; 
Beth Kaufman, 5-10 senior, Cissna 
Park, Illinois; Diana Stark, Goshen, 
Indiana; and Linda Horton, stellar de- 
fensive sophomore of Indianapolis, 
January '79 


Other returning letter winners are 
Peg Willman, senior, Leesburg, Indi- 
ana; Nancy Erb, sophomore. Lake 
Odessa, Michigan; and Kim Maurer, 
sophomore, Mansfield, Ohio. Two 
transfers, Cindi Knepper, Warsaw, 
Indiana; and Amy Tucker, Fraser, 
Michigan, add depth to the team. 
Freshmen seeing action include Vicki 
Christie, Goldendale, Washington; 
Tanya Waggoner, Fremont, Ohio; 
Denise Oroszi, Vandalia, Ohio; Annette 
Batson, Cedar Lake, Indiana; and 
Karen Ball, Simi Valley, Califomia. 

Fall sports recently completed in- 
clude soccer, tennis, cross-country and 
volleyball. The soccer team, coached 
by Dave Diehl, finished as co-champions 
of the MCC with Goshen. Ail-American 
Senior Paul Henning, Junior Tim Van- 
Duyne, and Senior Goaly Tim Arens, 
were named to the all conference team 
and Diehl was voted MCC coach of the 

This past year was a rebuilding year 
for the tennis team of freshmen and 
sophomores, so the Lancers and Coach 
Don R. J. Cramer are looking forward 
to a top-notch 1979-80 season. The 
team had a 54 overall record, was 
second in the MCC tourney and third 
in the conference standings. Rob 
Hueni and Dan Heiser were named to 

the all conference team. 

Under the leadership of first year 
runner-coach Don Dickey, the cross- 
country team made its way through a 
competitive rebuilding year. Dickey 
consistently placed well during the 
season and was joined in his efforts by 
harriers Steve Oroszi, Jim Haller, Andy 
North and Rick Battis. 

The women's volleyball team, 
coached by Ben Collins, wrapped up a 
7-16 record for the season. The Lancer- 
ettes lose only three from this year's 
team and are expecting a better year in 

Spring sports include women's soft- 
ball, men's track, baseball and golf. 
The Softball team opens on April 5 
hosting St. Francis College of Fort 
Wayne. Both the golf and track teams 
will be taking trips to warmer climates. 
Golfers will be tuning up for the 
season at Myrtle Beach, South Caro- 
lina, March 23-31; and the track team 
will make a training trip to Florida. 

Tlie Grace baseball team will open 
with Purdue-North Central on April 7. 
With the addition of two pitchers and 
several other players, plus retuming 
lettermen, a fine season is anticipated. 
The Lancers ended the 1977-78 season 
at the top by capturing the National 
Christian College Athletic Association 
District 3 championship. 

GRACE LANCERETTES-Members of the Grace College women's basketbaU 
team include, from left, front row: Nancy Erb, Denise Croszi, Peg Willman, Amy 
Tucker, Sarah Card, Tanya Waggoner and Diana Stark. Back row: Assistant 
Coach Mike Claphan, Linda Horton, Annette Batson, Vicki Christie, Cindi 
Knepper, Beth Kaufman, Leisa Rude and Coach Dave Dockery. 


tRACE LANCERS— Members of the Grace Lancers are, from left, front row: Manager-scorekeeper 
Jidy Bailey, Dave Hoffman, Scott Bauer, Rick Bums, Sam Fields, Larry Vaughn, Kevin Willour, Jeff 
^owatch, Larry Downs and Manager-statistician Rick Barker. Back row: Assistant Coach Ivan 
chuler, Scott Laidig, Rex Duiham, Gordon Kisler, Byron Smith, Matt Tomsheck, John Gamer, Greg 
Wght, Kimpy Sanders, Steve Arthur, Dave Henthom, Graduate Assistant Brent Wilcoxson and Head 
oach Jim Kessler. 

PHOTO -Representing the 
various men and women's 
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Living Memorials, Grace College and Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Mtt Mtt Jt^tf 

Grace Seminorg Bible Conference 

Grace Theological Seminarii Winona Lahe. Indiana 

rebruarg 13 - 16. 1979 


DR. DAVID ALLEN. Dr. David Allen has 
pastored the Calvary Baptist Church in 
Hazel Park, Michigan, for the past 34 years. 
A graduate of Philadelphia Bible College, 
Dr. Allen was given the honorary degree of 
Doctor of Divinity by the Grand Rapids 
Baptist Bible College and Seminary in 1966. 

DR. HERMAN A. HOYT. Dr. Hoyt served 
as president of Grace College and Theologi- 
cal Seminary for 14 years. A graduate of 
Ashland College, Ashland Theological Semi- 
nary and Grace Theological Seminary. Dr. 
Hoyt has authored several books. Dr. Hoyt 
is in constant demand as a prophetic speaker 
at churches and Bible conferences. He pres- 
ently serves as chancellor of Grace Schools. 

DR. TIM LaHAYE. Dr. LaHaye senses as 
pastor of the Scott Memorial Baptist Church 
in El Cajon and San Diego, California. He is 
a graduate of Bob Jones University and 
Western Conservative Baptist Seminary. Dr. 
LaHaye founded Christian Heritage College 
and Family Life Seminars. The campus of 
Christian Heritage College houses the Insti- 
tute for Creation Research. A prolific 
writer, Dr. LaHaye has written several best- 
selling books. 

Workshop Leaders 

Dr. David Allen Pastor Charles Pastor David Pastor Hugh Pastor Roy Clark Pastor Jim Custer Dr John Davis Dr Paul Fink 

Ashman Burnham Campbell 

Mr. Kevin 

Pastor David 

Dr. Homer Professor Richard Dr. Charles Smith Professor John Dr. John C. 

Kent, Jr. Mayhue Sproule Whitcomb 

For complete information write: 

Alumni Office, 


Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

5 January '79 

Also Speclol Sessions for 

Women Only 

Mrs. Tim LaHaye 

Mtf JrWWrt 

We can do it. . . Together 

The functional Grace College Science Center is in full use. 
Preprofessional programs have been added in medicine, 
pharmacy and veterinary medicine. 

A new and exciting educational phase will begin in Septem- 
ber 1979, when a nursing major will be offered. The busi- 
ness offerings have been expanded. What had been a dream 
for several years has become a reality and Grace is better 
for it all! But the project is not complete. 

The remaining deficit on the Science Center is $774,000. 
That indebtedness prohibits Grace Schools from entering 
new major capital projects. Our three-phase development 
program, that includes a new Fine Arts facility and Athletic 
Center, awaits completion. 

The Alumni Association is concerned that the progress con- 
tinue on our campus development. At the fall meeting of 
the Alumni Executive Committee PROJECT 790 was born. 

PROJECT 790 is the coordinated effort of the Alumni As- 
sociation to erase all indebtedness on the Science Center 
and provide seed funding for the new Fine Arts facility. 

It's is big project! 

The goal is to raise $790,000 in 1979. Impossible? We don't 
think so. 

It takes a lot of people, giving a little, to make a whole lot. 
Look at it this way. If 5,500 people gave $7.90 a month 

Mark 10:27 

(less than $2.00 a week) for one year we would have 
$521,400. If another 290 would give $790 during 1979; 
that would be $229,100. Top that off with five more 
people giving $7,900 next year ($39,500) and you have 

It doesn't sound so big a job now, does it? You see, a Httle 
from a lot really makes the difference. 

Three giving opportunities are provided friends of Grace 
anxious to assist in PROJECT 790. 

• APPRENTICE PROGRAM. We are asking 5,500 
friends of Grace to commit themselves to give $7.90 a 
month during 1979. That's just $94.80 in one year, 
less than $2.00 a week, but when it is all multiplied to- 
gether totals over $521,000! 

• JOURNEYMANS PROGRAM. We are trusting the 
Lord to burden 290 people to give $790 during 1979 
toward PROJECT 790. That represents $229,100. 

• MASTERS PROGRAM. If only 5 people would give 
$7,900 during 1979 (a total of $39,500), we would 
reach our goal of $790,000! 

There's only one snag. We need your help in order for the 
program to be successful. A "Support Card" is provided be- 
low for your convenience. Won't you send your commit- 
ment to PROJECT 790 today? Clip and mail to Grace 
Schools, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 






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I want to support PROJECT 790 by par- 
ticipating in the following giving program: 

am committing myself to give $7.90 
a month to Grace College In 1979. 

will give $790 to Grace College in 

going to give Grace College $7,900 
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as we go to press • • • 

Xhe Community Grace Brethren Church of Whittier, Calif., has purchased a beautiful 
and modern public school facility approximately one mile east of Biola College in the 
La Mirada area. Plans call for operating one church at two locations and one school 
at two locations. Approximately 200 students of the 470 enrolled, representing grades 
five through eight, will begin school on the new campus next month. A full schedule 
of services began Sunday, January 14. The schedule was arranged to allow John W. Mayej 
pastor, to preach at both locations. The nine acre campus, with over 37,000 square fee 
of buildings, is evaluated at over three million dollars and was purchased for eight 
hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars. 

The new pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of Parkersburg, W. Va., is Rev. Ronzil 
Jarvis. He formerly ministered at New Troy, Mich. 

Richard Mayes, son of Rev. and Mrs. John Mayes, has joined the staff of the Community 
Brethren Church of Whittier, Calif. , as Director of Music, and Supervisor of Printing 
and Publicity. 

San Bernadino, Calif. (EP) — Dr. William R. Bright, president and founder of Campus 
Crusade for Christ International, has warned the news media against confusing "le- 
gitimate Christian organizations" with cults like the People's Temple. Describing 
the deaths of some 900 members of the cult as "a tragedy that has jolted and appalled 
the world," Dr. Bright added, "Unfortunately, there seems bound to be some spillover 
from that tragic event onto legitimate Christian organizations, but it is urgent that 
the news media do all in their power to avoid damaging valid ministries which have 
nothing of substance in common with the Jones group or cults in general." The Campus 
Crusade leader advised journalists to examine various groups to determine whether 
they exemplify "dedication to the deity and lordship of Jesus Christ, to the Bible 
as the revealed word of God, and to a spirit of Christian love." 

The congregation of the Calvary Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md., voted to approve 
the name change to the Calvary Grace Brethren Church, announced Curtis W. Stroman, 

Thursday, November 16, a Fellowship Supper was held at the Lake Odessa, Mich., Grace 
Brethren Church. This is an annual event sponsored by the Women's Missionary Council. 
Included in the program was a mortgage burning ceremony. The church purchased a new 
parsonage at 9390 West Thompson Road and paid off their entire indebtedness in about 
a year and a half. Participating in the ceremony were: Pastor Stevens; Arnold Erb, 
moderator-trustee; Elwood Henney, chairman of the trustee board; and Corwin Tischer, 

Music Encounter, a new and unique music seminar venture will bring music directors, 
church musicians and Christian music publishers together for three-day events planned 
for eight major American cities in 1979 and twelve in 1980. Mr. Ray DeVries, who for 
the past six years has been Director of Special Services for Lexicon Music, will head 
the new organization; along with Carole Hertzler, former secretary to John Bass, Exe- 
cutive Vice President of the Christian 
Booksellers Association. Invited parti- 
cipants include Ralph Carmichael, John 
Peterson, Kurt Kaiser, and other noted 
Christians musicians. For information 
write: Music Encounter, Box 3100, Wood- 
land Hills, Calif. 91365. 






■EBRUARY 1979 





Charles W. Turner 


Have you ever found yourself 
about to put something in a trash 
container and then pull it back with 
the thouglit: I just might use that 

someday? My hfe, as well as my 
desk drawers and file, is filled with 
objects that I just knew I would 
need in the future. 

As the new year came in I 
started to cleanup and throw away 
all the objects I'd collected. Trip 
after trip to the large trash baskets 
convinced me that I hold onto ob- 
jects I will probably never again 
use. In my cleanup campaign I 
found that I own thousands of 
paper chps— big ones, little ones and 
middle-sized ones. My desk is filled 
with rubber bands— some so old 
that they have rotted and the 
stretch is gone, and business cards 
from people that I now have no 
idea who they are, or why I ever ac- 
cepted the card in the first place. 

I found I was big on old minis- 
terial cards as well. My 1968 Dis- 
trict Ministerial card from Northern 
Ohio looked rather foolish among 
my collectables. It must have been 
sentiment that caused me to hold 
on to it. My ultra tliin wallet is 
about four inches thick because of 
the surplus of saved slips of paper 
and other items. I even found an 
Ohio sales tax stamp which I do not 
think has been used for 15 years or 

My misfortune seems to be the 
ability to save the things that will 
never have value; like the 10,000 
copper pennies I have and a few 
silver coins. I do take the credit 
though, for having saved one $2.50 
gold piece, that is much lighter in 
weiglit than my pennies. (Have you 
ever tried to lift a box with 4,000 
pennies in it? Do not try it, because 
the doctor's bill for repairs may run 
into thousands of dollars and all 
you have with which to pay the bill 
is $40.00 worth of copper which is 
a bad investment to say the very 

Some people are able to turn 
yesterday's junk into today's an- 
tiques and good fortunes. My 
experience has been: yesterday's 
junk is also today's junk. 

Why, I ask myself, do I con- 
tinually save things thinking I 
wall need them later? Why is it so 
difficult to part with things? The 
reason is the very basic nature of us 
all— to hold on to the material. The 
tangible is always so very important 
to us and we should all know better 
than this. Some of the holding on 
to objects is, in its more crass form, 
a sign of our materiahstic natures. 
We want the things that we can see 
and touch. 

Jesus repeatedly warned us 
against putting too much confi- 
dence in the material. Paul told us 
we brought nothing into the world 
and we will take nothing out. Hap- 
piness is not in the things possessed, 
said Jesus. It is rather in what we 
are and who we love. The things 
that are seen are temporal and the 
things which are not seen are 

So it goes througliout the Word, 
the reminder of what is important 
in hfe and what is not quite so im- 
portant. Certainly we cannot Uve 
without the material objects as 
food and clothing and shelter, but 
there are more important things to 
remember. Such as God and His 
love, the salvation He provides, the 
Scriptures that bear witness of God, 
and the family and friends He has 
given us. AU of these are very im- 
portant for time and for etemity 
and we need to maintain the proper 

It is hard to throw things away 
because I expect the moment after 
I do so I am going to need it; like 
the magazine article teUing me 
about the tax changes in 1974, or 
the Reader's Digest stubs that I sent 
in in 1972 telling me I might be a 
winner of $50,000. I guess it is time 
to give up and admit that I've kept 
them too long and they have no 
value, but I think I will hold on to 
my paper clips and tlie guarantee 
on my 1953 Plymouth-you just 
never know when they miglit be 

february '79 

Cover: Both the painting in the photo and 
the photo are by Phil Gegner (see page 8) 

in the heiroiid 

35 Years Ago- 1944 

The passing of Dr. J. C. Beal was reported. 
Dr. Beal was active through the years in 
Brethren work. At the time of his passing, 
he was on the board of trustees of Grace 
Seminary. ... A typhoid epidemic is re- 
ported in Northern Indiana with 146 posi- 
tive cases. Mrs. Edward Lewis, one of the 
seminary wives, has been ill for several 
weeks with the disease. 

15 Years Ago- 1964 

Long Beach First Brethren reports the 
largest Foreign Missions offering from the 
Fellowship. The total gift was S32,238. . . . 
Robert Whited was named the winner of a 
contest sponsored by tlie Home Missions 
Council to name a new pubUcation. The 
name was "The Brethren Home Missions 

5 Years Ago- 1974 

BIF reports a new computer service is now 
on Une to meet the needs of the growing 
organization. Deposits now total over 
$9,000,000. . . . Sunday School division 
winners were: "A" ~ Columbus, Ohio; 
"B" - Myerstown, Pa.; "C" - Osceola, 
Ind.; "D" - Warsaw, Ind.; "E" - Seal 
Beach, CaUf. 


Volume 41 Number 2 February 1979 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 

Artist, Jane Fretz 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 

Knute Larson. Foreign Missions: Rev. John 

Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Schools: Dr. 

Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 

Missions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer. WMC: Linda 


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• Brethren Personality 24 • A Children's Story 34 • 
• As We Go to Press 40 • 




Dear Reader, 

. . . THANK YOU. There are several reasons for our thanks to 
you from the Herald. First, your reaction to the change to the 
monthly. Believe it or not, there was not one single letter of objec- 
tion from a subscriber in the change to a monthly. I think you will 
like the enlarged format and the increase in the number of articles 
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your cooperation and involvement. 


Charies W. Turner 

february '79 

<3 'i ^ '^ '3 

Page 5, left: A sidewalk 
cafe in France. Right: 
St. Albain-the Chateau 
is the large white build- 
ing on the hill near the 
center of the photo 

Page 6, left: French 
architecture Right: 

The city of Chalon 

Title page: The Chateau 
de St. Albain 

Tom Julien 

Two Christians from the 
Chateau of Saint-Albain 
knocked on the door of an 
apaitment m the city of 
Macon A man answered and 
the conversation went Uke 

Wl aic Chiistians and we 
aiL taking a sui-vey of the re- 
jiiious opinions of the people 
hLic Would \ou have time to 
answci a tou qiK'stions?" 

"Oh. w^ aie not interested 
in rehtiion at all in our house. 
Besides* we aic too busy to 
talk to you now because today 
we are baptizing our son." 

This anecdote tells more 
about iIk I Jigious situation in 
Frani-i. than pages of statistics. 
1 lant-o 1^ I country where 
people aic chi tstianized, but 
\an!2cli/cd Though most 
still chni: to the religious tra- 
ditKMis (1k\ inherited from 
pie\ lous ijcnciaiions, these tra- 
ditions cxpiess culture rather 
than conxRdon Baptism, as 
\\v.ll as otlioi leligious cere- 
inonKs has become a social 
custom which permits a family 
cclcbiation but has little rela- 
tion [o a peisonal faith in 

I he a\eiage Frenchman is 
mditterent aLiout God and 

Hr february /9 

& 6 6 6 ^ 

cynical toward anyone who at- 
tempts to confront him with 
his need of personal faith. 

In the past, Brethren mis- 
sionaries serving in Africa had 
often expressed their concern 
about the spiritual needs of 
France, the country where 
many of them did their lan- 
guage study. This concern was 
one of the factors which led to 
the beginning of Brethren mis- 
sions in France in 1951. Evan- 
gelistic work in Lyon pro- 
duced a small chapel which 
was destined to become a 
Brethren church, but lack of 
Brethren identity in France 
and too few genuine conver- 
sions led to the decision to 
turn this work over to a 
French denomination in 1964. 

At that time a new ap- 
proach was begun in an effort 
to move more effectively to- 
ward the creation of local 
churches. This approach be- 
came known as the Chateau 
strategy because of the acqui- 
sition of a large property built 
from the remains of a medieval 
castle— to serve as the center 
of the Brethren work in 

The Chateau strategy is 
based on several observations: 
that because of the impersonal 
nature of many evangehstic 
methods in France, places had 
to be created which would al- 
low Christians and non- 

Christians to relate to each 
other personally; that the gulf 
between evangelical churches 
and the French people must 
be bridged by something 
which would allow people to 
move into the churches in a 
freer way; that missions- 
founded churches, being out- 
side the existing social struc- 
tures of France, must be able 
to identify with something 
known and accepted in order 
to give them credibility with 
the French people. 

The Chateau approach has 
been to create a neutral center 
which serves as a bridge. 
Rather than each family at- 
tempting individually to create 
churches immediately from 
their first few converts, the 
missionary families work as a 
team which has had as its first 
step the creation of a regional 
fellowship of believers. The 
second step is to bring to- 
gether the local Christians into 
a local church on the basis of a 
deeper commitment, once 
enough Christians are found in 
each city. 

The Chateau is a bridge in 
three ways. It is a bridge in 
evangelism— creating a place 
where Christians can relate to 
non-Christians freely, allowing 
for a genuine personal witness. 
It is a bridge in teaching- 
providing a place where Breth- 
ren missionaries can teach the 

distinctives of the church both 
by word and example, setting 
biblical standards for future 
churches. It is a bridge in 
church planting-allowing new 
Christians to identify with a 
larger group before commit- 
ting themselves to the local 
church, and giving identity to 
the local groups as they organ- 
ize into churches. 

A bridge, however, is useful 
only in getting people to their 
destination. Though the Cha- 
teau has had a successful 
ministry in itself, we must 
never forget that the goal of 
Brethren missions is the estab- 
lishment of churches. The ulti- 
mate success or failure of the 
Chateau strategy is tied to this 

The Chateau began as a 
youth-oriented ministry be- 
cause of the comparative 
openness of young people at 
that time. Evangehsm through 
various kinds of meetings and 
other activities produced some 
contacts, but most of the con- 
verts came through friends and 
families of people already 
reached. Many young people 
found Christ tlirough the ral- 
lies and retreats organized at 
the Chateau, which gradually 
became known and accepted. 
Many of these young people 
have since married and have 
estabhshed their own homes. 

By 1 968, regular Sunday 

february '79 > 

morning services were held in 
Macon, a city of nearly 50,000 
people ten miles to the south 
of the Chateau. An attempt 
was made to organize a local 
church there in 1971, but this 
attempt was premature. 
Though services continued, 
new organizational ground- 
work had to be laid, and in 
1977, the present work was 
organized. The church in 
Macon now has its own meet- 
ing place, entirely cared for by 
the local Christians, and is on 
its way toward being a strong 
testimony with a significant 
impact in the city, where the 
only other Protestant testi- 
monies are a small French Re- 
formed church and a tiny 
Pentecostal group. 

Chalon, a city of 70,000 
inhabitants located 25 miles 
to the north of the Chateau, 
has had missionaries from the 
Chateau team since 1972. A 
small group has been meeting 
together there regularly for 
the past three years. Though 
the group is not yet organized 
into a church, it has a full pro- 
gram of activities, and many 
of the Christians are manifest- 
ing a greater degree of com- 
mitment to the local work. 

Bible classes are also being 
held in Tournus, a small city 
ten miles to the north of the 
Chateau, and in Lyon, a huge 
industrial metropolis 50 miles 

to the south, where the Breth- 
ren work started. Some day 
we hope to have full-time 
workers in Lyon once again. 

At present four missionary 
couples and one single worker 
are serving in France. Tom and 
Doris Julien live at the Cha- 
teau and are in charge of the 
ministry there. Larry and 
Vicki DeArmey lead the work 
in Macon, and have been re- 
cently joined by Tex and 
Betsy Hudson, just out of lan- 
guage study. Chalon is under 
the responsibility of Phil and 
Nancy Gegner. Bonnie Green, 
our newest worker, is present- 
ly in language study at the 
training center in Albertville. 

Both Macon and Chalon 
have a program of evangelism 
and discipleship activities in 
addition to the church pro- 
grams. Once a month all the 
Christians meet together for a 
full weekend at the Chateau, 
for training and worship. 
Youth rallies are also held 
monthly at the Chateau. On 
the regional level the French 
Christians have organized an 
association called the Associa- 
tion of the Friends of the Cha- 

The newest venture in 
Brethren missions in France 
has been the creation of an ex- 
tension Bible institute for the 
Christians of the region, per- 
mitting them to have syste- 

matic training in a three-year 
course without having to leave 
their jobs. We are praying that 
this program will provide the 
leadership for the continua- 
tion of the ministry. 

France is truly a mission 
field. Out of a population of 
some 52 million, probably no 
more than 100,000 are con- 
nected with evangelical 
churches, and only about 4 
percent of this figure have 
been brought to Christ 
through post-war missionary 
work. There have been times 
of spiritual awakening in 
France in the past, but at this 
time converts usually come 
one by one, and as a result of 
extensive personal involve- 
ment with unsaved people. 

Yet, the difficulties of 
France must not blind us to 
the spiritual challenge it pre- 
sents. We must not let the 
"giants in the land" daunt us 
(Num. 13:33). Who knows 
what could happen if the 
genius of the French mind 
would again come to grips 
with the glory of the Gospel? 
Perhaps there is a 20th cen- 
tury Pascal or Calvin waiting 
somewhere to discover new 
life in Christ. In the meantime, 
Christ is building His Church 
in France, though slowly. And 
the gates of Hades will not 
prevail against it (Matt. 

february '79 

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He Hath Done His Work 

Phil Gegner 

(left) and 

Alain Bany 

study God's 

Word together 

Alain Barry 

Translated by Jeannie Miller 

In the Book of Deuteronomy, 
Moses says, ". . . He might test you, 
to do good for you in the end" 
(Deut. 8:16). Concerning this, I 
would like to share a series of 
events that happened some time 

For a long time, I had had a goal 
of going to Israel— that country 
where much of biblical history took 
place. I had wanted this very much 
for several years, and after several 
unfruitful attempts, I came upon 
something that was just about right. 

I had found a couple who were 
going to make a two-week trip to 
Israel. At first, I was the only one 
from the church in Chalon who 
wanted to go, so I prayed that there 
would be others from the church 
who would also be interested in go- 
ing. Finally, there were two others 
who decided to join me. We de- 
cided that rather than going for 
only two weeks, we would make it 
a one-month trip. Two weeks 
would be with a group I had con- 
tacted and the other two would be 
just us three. 

The trip with the group didn't 
pose too many problems because it 
was organized by other people, but 
the latter part of the trip was to be 
organized by us. That called for a 
lot of work and preparation. It was 
enriching, even at that time, to see 

and to place a lot of biblical facts 
and events. It also allowed us to 
work together. 

It was then, at the end of May, 
I had an accident. I was hit by a car 
and I found myself in the hospital 
for a period of 50 days with many 
injuries including a dozen fractures. 
Two operations were necessary to 
put everything back in its place. 

Since that happened two and 
one half months before the trip, 1 
knew that I would have to forget 
the idea. That was very hard 
because it was something I had 
wanted very much and for a long 
time. It was hard to have to give it 
up. At the same time, the stay at 
the hospital made it possible for me 
to see the love in the church 
through the visits of the brothers 
and sisters. Each day some came to 
spend a moment with me, to share 
and to pray together. Those visits 
strengthened me much. 

After leaving the hospital, it was 
necessary for me to go to the sea- 
shore for rehabiHtation. There I was 
with my family, but there weren't 
any Christians around me. It was a 
period of a month and a half of iso- 
lation and solitude. Even so, I had 
visits from some members who had 
occasion to be in the area. Also, 
others wrote, though I couldn't re- 
spond to them, not being able to 

During this period of separation 
and isolation, I had opportunity to 
get my bearings, to reconsider 

many things, especially about the 
Lord. 1 was really able to depend 
on Him. 

When I was able to retum to 
Chalon, I saw the two friends who 
had made the trip to Israel. It was a 
great encouragement for me to see 
that the Lord had worked and 
blessed through the trip. There had 
been much spiritual progress. I was 
able to see that even though God 
had not allowed me to make the 
trip. He had done His work. There 
was a great joy to prove it. Of 
course, the Lord asks us to do part 
of the work, but it is He who essen- 
tially does it. It was also a comfort 
to see the two friends strengthened 
spiritually by the trip. 

I still want very much to go to 
Israel. I have completely given it to 
Him. If He allows, I'll be able to 
take the trip a little later, but if 
not. He has foreseen something 
else. That other thing will be 
according to His wOl, which will be 

Finally, 1 would like to share a 
verse in Psalms. It's Psalm 116:7, 
"Retum to your rest, my soul, 
for the Lord has dealt bountifully 
with you." 

FMS Editor's Note: Alain Barry 
is a faithful Christian in our Chalon, 
France, group where the Gegners 
are ministering. His testimony was 
translated by Jeannie Miller, a 1978 
TIME missionary. 

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and Nancy 

Phil Gegner 
painting a portrait 
of a Frenchman 

The finished portrait 

Phil and Nancy Gegner with their 
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Phil and Nancy Gegner are 
no newcomers to France, 
having served there for ten 
years with another mission. In 
May 1977, they joined the 
Chateau team and were 
assigned to Chalon, where 
they are presently in charge of 
the church-planting ministry 
there. The following interview 
took place in their apartment , 
which overlooks the down- 
town area of that city of 
70,000 inhabitants. 

When you look out of your 
window, do you have the 
impression of being on a 
mission field? 

PHIL: Well, yes and no. When 
we walk down the streets of 
our city, we could think that 

we were in the States in some 
ways. The people look and 
dress the same. Of course, the 
architecture is different, but 
we are in the same kind of 
civilization we left behind. 

What are the biggest differ- 
ences you feel, living in 

NANCY: Obviously, the 
language. Many of the customs 
are different, such as shaking 
hands all around in greeting, 
or kissing on both cheeks. 
The eating habits are different, 
too, but most of these things 
are surface differences. 
PHIL: The greatest difference 
for us is in the area of rehgion. 
Most people are members of 
their church, but do not 

practice their religion. They 
have more tradition than 

Much has been said about the 
indifference of the Frenchman 
to Christ. 

PHIL: I think that maybe it is 
more ignorance than indiffer- 
ence, based on a rejection of 
religion as they have been 
taught it. Many of them think 
of religion in terms of cate- 
chism where they learn rules 
and facts, but it's all theory. 
So their indifference might be 
ignorance. Not a rejection of 
Christianity as such, but a 
caricature of it. Maybe if they 
understood the true Gospel 
they would not be any more 
indifferent than Americans or 

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anyone else. 

How do you go about reaching 
the French? 

NANCY: Natural contacts are 
the best, rather than imper- 
sonal means such as door-to- 
door or mass media. We try to 
emphasize personal contacts 
through buUding friendships 
and confidence. 
PHIL : We come in as for- 
eigners, and have to make our 
friends. We have no ground- 
work to build on and so we 
have to lay our own founda- 
tion, so to speak. We have to 
win their confidence before 
they are ready to listen to us, 
but of course there are excep- 
tions to this. We are foreigners 
and we come into their culture 
offering them a religion they 
know nothing about and 
which they might suspect as 
being a sect. We try to sense 
people's needs, because we do 
not want to have them close 
the door when it has hardly 
been opened. 

Could you give us an example 
of that kind of a witnessing 

NANCY: Last night we were 
with a couple who is an 
example of this kind of build- 
ing confidence. It actually 
started a year ago, and there 
was a natural friendship from 
the beginning. They have 
been in our home and Phil has 
seen them regularly. The 
hunger came from their side. 
We had been praying that God 
would create a hunger in their 
hearts. And so last night when 
we went to their home they 
were both very much at ease 
to talk, and full of questions. 

PHIL: I think that it is impor- 
tant that we do as Jesus did— 
try to intrigue people. I often 
go too quickly. When Jesus 
was with the woman at the 
well. He was able to intrigue 
her, and the questions came 
from her side. 

Evangelism must lead to the 
creation of the local church. 
Where are we now in Chalon? 

PHIL: We are headed toward 
becoming a church, though we 
are not there yet. Certain 
elements are lacking and need 
to be developed further. We 
are working with about 25 
adults who relate well 
socially, but there is great 
need for spiritual growth so 
that the group will jell. We are 
pushing ahead with Bible 
teaching. And of course we 
need more new people. We 
need the kind of people who 
are not too involved in thek 
own problems, so that they 
can communicate Christ freely. 

Are the Sunday morning 
worship services going well? 
PHIL: Yes, they are well 
attended and there is a good 
spirit of prayer and sharing. 
NANCY: There has been real 
willingness on the part of the 
women in taking responsibility 
in helping with Sunday School. 

How is the work related to the 

PHIL: We want to develop a 
very close relationship. It has 
helped a lot for the local 
group to go to the Chateau 
once a month to meet other 
Christians and find identity as 
a group. The Chateau is a 
good place for new contacts, 

because it is easier to get them 
to the Chateau for the first 
time than to a church service. 

Nancy, what is the woman's 
role in the work in France? 

NANCY: I tliink probably the 
biggest thing is her role in 
creating a home as a testimony 
both to French Christians and 
to those who are outside. A 
place that is open and where 
people feel free to come. She 
also has a ministry working 
with her husband and with the 
women in the group. 

Have the children been an 
asset in the work here? 

PHIL: Yes, definitely. Beth 
and Joel have had a good 
ministry at the school with 
their witness. Then just seeing 
us operate as a family is a 
positive thing. Our kids meet 
others easily and are very 

NANCY: Also they fit in well 
with the Christian community 
and the Chateau and have 
found friends who have been a 
help to them, and this has 
helped us in our friendships. 

Is there one thing in particular 
that you would like to tell our 
readers concerning the min- 

PHIL: That they would pray 
with us for real conversions. 
We want to see fruit that will 
remain. We are looking for 
one-hundred percenters. Pray 
for the conversion of people 
that will become real disciples. 
Thank you, Phil and Nancy, 
for letting us visit with you. 
And now, will you. Brethren, 
pray with the Gegners for new 
converts in France? 

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FMS Editor's Note: Rev. and 
Mrs J. Keith Altig were the pioneer 
missionaries when Brethren Foreign 
Missions entered Brazil 30 years 
ago Mr. Altig later served as Depu- 
tation Secretary in the home office 
m the early 70s before returning to 
Brazil for a final term. Since "re- 
tirement, " he and Vivian have been 
hung in Southern California where 
Keith sen'ed as interim pastor of 
thi Ana/ieim Grace Brethren 
Church and is now on the pastoral 
staff of the First Brethren Church 
oj Whittier-the church from which 
he resigned as pastor in 1948 to be- 
gin his missionary career. 

The accompanying article 
dcmonstates the continuing interest 
of the Altigs in missions and world 
needs. It is presented here to en- 
large the reader's vision regarding 
the opportunities for missionary ad- 
vance around the world. 

Portugal : 

In the years of the discoverers, 
which would be the 1400s and 
1500s, Portugal was one of the top- 
ranking nations of the world. Henry 
the Navigator, a Portuguese Prince 
who died in 1460, was very inter- 
ested in the study of the sea, the 
stars, and the world on the other 
side of the globe. He buUt a castle 
and, inviting the scientists and as- 
tronomers of the European nations 
to join him, engaged in an intensive 
study and exchange of ideas associ- 
ated with navigation and travel. 

Portugal— being the westernmost 
of all European nations and pos- 
sessing a great navy, courageous ex- 
plorers, and a burning desire to 
conquer the world— became the 
dominant power of that time. 
Among the illustrious names of the 
era are Vasco de Gama who opened 
up the sea route to India by sailing 
around the tip of Africa, Magellan 
who was the first man to sail com- 
pletely around the earth, and the 
explorer Cabral who discovered 
what is now Brazil and claimed half 
of South America for the tiny 
nation of Portugal. 

My wife and I had the privilege 
of spending three weeks discovering 
the land of the discoverers, and it 
was a thrilling as well as an enlight- 
ening experience. 

The country itself is fascinating. 
Moorish castles, ancient churches, 
and monuments commemorating 
important events of past history are 
found throughout the country. 
Being small (about the size but not 
the shape of Indiana and having a 
population of over 9 million), 
everything is on a miniature scale. 
Small farms with paths and walls 
wandering aimlessly up and down 
and around hills and valleys dot the 

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The climate is superb, being 
much like Southern California at its 
best. It is a land of olive trees, grape 
vineyards, and citrus and pine trees. 
There is one specialty— the cork 
oak. The bark is taken from the 
trees every eight years in layers of 
an inch and a half or two inches 
thick. All kinds of cork products 
are made from this material. 
Strangely enough the trees are not 
killed by being "skinned" but go 
right on growing another jacket 
which will be taken when ready. 

A maritime nation, fishing and 
all activities related to the sea are 
the big business in Portugal. The 
land has westward facing beaches 
for most of its length, but at the 
southern extremity the coast turns 
the comer and runs east and west. 
The beaches here face the south 
which makes for an absolutely 
fantastic resort area. The sun is 
warm, the water is cool, the sky is 
clear, and balmy breezes blow in 
from Africa which is some miles 
away over the ocean. Even the 
coldest weather is not really cold. 
This all makes Portugal's climate 
one of the most delightful in the 
world for most of the year. 

The country was ruled for 40 
years by one of the last absolute 
dictators in world history until 
1968. This dictator, Salazar by 
name, was a staunch, old-line 
Roman Catholic and the country 
followed his lead for the most part. 
Protestant missions were barely 
tolerated by the government and 
people alike so that there is only a 
very small, weak Protestant com- 
munity now. There is just one mis- 
sionary to every 160,000 people. 
This is in startling contrast to Brazil 
where there is a missionary for each 
50,000 Brazilians. Even more amaz- 

ing is the comparison to the Central 
African Empire and Puerto Rico 
where there is one missionary to 
every 12,000 people. 

Following the administration of 
Salazar, the country almost went 
communistic but was saved from 
this fate by the establishment of a 
strongly sociaUstic government. 
There is a president who is con- 
sidered a "caretaker" leader be- 
cause no poUtical party can muster 
a majority to elect a president legal- 
ly. The country is orderly and 
peaceful but this is due to the easy- 
going nature of the people as much 
as or more than to the power of the 
government. The Communist party 
is still strong and very much in evi- 
dence, however. Their symbols and 
slogans are painted on many walls 
and buildings. 

The Portuguese people are out- 
standingly courteous and helpful. 
They have no superiority com- 
plexes and seem genuinely inter- 
ested in giving information and 
assistance to the inquiring for- 
eigner. There is complete religious 
freedom since the new government 
came into power. The advantages of 
this situation have been seized by 
the cults so that the Jehovah's Wit- 
nesses are the largest non-Catholic 
religious movement in the country. 
Mormons are very active, and even 
"Moonies" from the Unification 
Church can be seen soliciting funds 
from stores and people on the 

The Plymouth Brethren from 
England is probably the largest and 
most active evangelical group work- 
ing in Portugal. Southern Baptists 
and Conservative Baptists have 
active ministries, and several inde- 
pendent missions are also seeking to 
carry on a ministry for the Lord. 

The economic situation is grave. 
Unemployment is widespread since 
there is little modern industry. The 
problem was further complicated in 
1975 by the arrival of thousands of 
refugees from the African colonies 
of Mozambique and Angola. It is as 
if 25 million homeless, poverty- 
stricken, helpless people were to 
arrive suddenly in the United 
States. Many of these refugees were 
wealthy or middle-class, second or 
third generation persons who had 
never been in Portugal itself. Tliey 
had maintained citizenship rights in 
Portugal so the government was ob- 
ligated to receive them and care for 
them as best it could. 

Housed in tents and small pre- 
fabricated houses located in out of 
the way, inaccessible locations, far 
from transporation and markets, 
these refugees are in an almost 
hopeless condition. Two families 
were assigned to each room and 
these families often consisted of 
eight to ten people. Tlieir situation 
is truly difficult. 

We talked to the field directors 
of four missionary societies as well 
as to other missionaries active on 
the field and they were unanimous 
in the opinion that Portugal pre- 
sents one of the greatest opportuni- 
ties to be found anywhere for the 
preaching of the Gospel. On a map 
one of the men pointed out city 
after city, some as large as 30,000 
people, with no gospel witness 
whatsoever. Tlie combination of 
unique circumstances— such as free- 
dom to preach and witness, the re- 
ceptiveness of the people, the 
economic situation, and the dearth 
of true gospel witnessing— makes 
Portugal one of the most challeng- 
ing and promising fields in the 

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a and admonishing one another . 

Why People Died i/irith Jim Jones 

BiU Smith 

(A message preached at North Kokomo Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Kokomo, Indiana, the Sunday after it all 

This past week the whole world was shocked at 
what happened in Guyana to more than 900 people 
in a suicide-murder fiasco led by Religious Leader Jim 

I still get a sick feeling in my stomach when 
I realize the impact that this has on the unbelieving 
world which has a difficult time distinguishing 
between the false and the true. 

How could people become so entwined in a 
man and a system, such as this, to end their lives in 
stark tragedy and emptiness? They needed a "father 
image," they wanted a "family," they were looking 
for "a future"; but it was a false hope. 

A well-known beverage company uses the simple 
yet effective slogan~"lt's the real thing"— to inform 
the public that its product is the original, subtly 
suggesting that all others are inferior imitations. I'm 
not really sure it makes a great deal of difference 
which one you buy; but I am profoundly convinced 
that in the matter of salvation, there is a great dif- 
ference between the real thing and imitations or 
counterfeits. It's extremely important that you make 
the right choice-your eternal destiny is at stake. 

Jim Jones claimed to be a Bible-believing funda- 
mentalist. Was he? 

There is a God-given test for man's beliefs: "By 
their fruits ye shall know them" (Matt. 7:16). Jim 
Jones denied the Bible with his life style, and with his 
teaching. He said he was god. This shows us that he 
was possessed by a power other than God. There are 
demon powers in the world and people can easily be 
led astray. 

A true relationship with Jesus Christ is the answer. 

Religion is not the answer. Religion is man's 
attempt to redeem himself, Man's false teaching poses 
a grave danger to the Church and should never be 
taken lightly. They need to be exposed for exactly 
what they are— unbelieving people who distort or 

deny the truth of God. Any teacher who rejects 
biblical doctrines and encourages evil practices is a 
false teacher and cannot be of God. The followers 
of Jim Jones, and all who pervert the fundamental 
teachings of Scripture, must be counted as enemies of 
the Gospel. 

Heresy is destructive 

"But there were false prophets also among the 
people, even as there shall be false teachers among 
you, who privily [secretly] shall bring in damnable 
[destructive] heresies even denying the Lord that 
bought them and bring upon themselves swift de- 
struction" (2 Peter 2: 1). 

What a person believes can bring him eternal 
life— or it can destroy him. This is the reason heresy is 
so dangerous, both for the one who promotes it and 
for the one who may be misled. Causing an individual 
to accept error could send him to an everlasting 
hell. It is not enough just to believe in God, you must 
put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, who said: 
"... I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man 
Cometh unto the Father, but by Me" (John 14:6). 

Heresy is also defiling 

"And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by 
reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken 
of" (2 Peter 2:2). 

"Pernicious ways" means extreme debauchery, 
uncontrolled lust, licentious living. 

Jim Jones had his mistress; he had unlimited funds 
taken under false pretenses; he had armed execution- 
ers who would follow his orders explicitly. Cults seem 
to follow the same patterns: 
man is exalted 
God is dethroned 
unlimited funds 
the end justifies the means 
moral standards are lowered 
Heresy is also defaming (2 Peter 2:2) 
The evil behavior of these false teachers and 
their followers will give people outside of the Church 
a reason to despise and defame the name of Christ. 
The teachings of the cults cannot bring deliverance 
from sin and guilt. It cannot bring hope to a dejected, 
defeated life. It cannot bring peace to a troubled 

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heart. Beware of false teachers— even if their error is 
slight. Reject them as dangerous, both to you and to 
your Church. What we believe is of utmost impor- 

God will deal harshly with false teachers 

The angels who sinned. "For if God spared not the 
angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and 
delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved 
unto judgment; . . ." (2 Peter 2;4). 

We may not know how many angels were involved 
or how many times they sinned, but we do know that 
they didn't get away with it. No one who rebels 
against the Lord will escape His wrath forever. 

The unbelievers destroyed in the flood. "And 
spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth 
person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the 
flood upon the world of the ungodly; . . ." (2 Peter 

Another illustration of God's judgment of heretics. 
God judges with discrimination: "He spared not the 
old world but saved Noah." God's punishment of 
evildoers is certain, but His judgment is discriminat- 
ing. Those who trust in Him are kept safe; while those 
who reject Him will be destroyed. 

The wicked of Sodom and Gomorrha. "And 
turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes, 
condemned them with an overthrow, making them an 
ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; 
and delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversa- 
tion [manner of life] of the wicked (2 Peter 2:6-7). 

God's judgment is coming 

In these days of increasing heresy, it is important 
to remember the three illustrations Peter used to 
show how the Lord will punish false teachers. Praise 
God, we do not have to conclude on a negative note. 
The Lord not only resen/es the unjust to the day of 
judgment, but He also delivers sinners from con- 
demnation. The Bible tell us: "For God so loved the 
world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that 
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but 
have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into 
the world to condemn the world; but that the world 
through him might be saved. He that believeth 
on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is 

condemned already, because he hath not believed in 
the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 

Salvation, rather than condemnation, awaits all 
who place their trust in Him. 


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Key to Strong Leadership: 


Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

Standing on the visitors' viewing 
platform, I found myself entranced 
by the majesty of the huge sculp- 
tured faces permanently engraved 
upon the mountain. These giants of 
history, George Washington, 
Thomas Jefferson, Theodore 
Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, 
immortalized in granite, keep vigil 
in the Black Hills of South Dakota, 
a national memorial visable for 60 
mUes. Mt. Rushmore does some- 
thing to me. I am amazed at this, 
the world's most heroic sculpture, a 
marvelous display of the skill and 
talent of the famous Gutzon 
Borglum. To reflect upon these 
determined faces and allow the 
lessons of history and the accom- 
plishments of these men of valor to 
thrill my soul is a real experience. 
Each one, a mere man in himself, 
made his mark in molding this great 

George Washington, our first 
president, is not known primarily 
for his military genius, though he 
used his military knowledge to 
good advantage in the movement of 
his troops. His stern leadership, 
discipline and self-denial gained him 
deep respect among his men and 
countrymen. His talent and dedi- 
cation welded a people into a soHd 

force to bring a new nation into 
being, bringing Ufe, liberty and 
freedom to the dwellers of this 
land. There are many incidents 
recorded in the early history of our 
nation of George Washington's faith 
in God and his dependence upon 
God as evidenced in his prayer Ufe. 
Thomas Jefferson, our third 
president, whose face appears on 
Mt. Ruslimore as second, was also 
an outstanding characterization of 
courage. Jefferson, a statesman, 
sage, architect of American ideals as 
well as noble buildings, assumed 
towering stature when his country 
needed giants. He wanted to have 
inscribed on his grave marker (at 
Monticello), not that he had 
held great offices, but that he was 
author of the Declaration of 
Independence and the Virginia 
statute for religious freedom, and 
the father of the University of 
Virginia. His own words best 
express his character: "I have sworn 
upon tlie altar of God eternal 
hostility against every form of 
tyranny over the mind of man." 
He further stated an important 



principle: "Almighty God hath 
created the mind free. A man has 
the right to think as he pleased 
without interference from the 
govemment, and that he should 
possess the comfortable liberty of 
giving his contributions to the 
particular pastor whose morals he 
could make his pattern." 

Theodore Roosevelt, our twen- 
ty-sixth president, who appears 
tliird in Borglum's monument, was 
a man of strength, tenacity and 
moral courage. A many-sided man: 
war hero, writer and a refonn poli- 
tician, he became then the nation's 
youngest chief executive. He char- 
acterized himself as, "a steward of 
the people, limited only by specific 
constitutional restrictions." A 

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naturalist and great outdoorsman, 
he possessed a deep faith in a 
sovereign God, our great creator. 

Abraham Lincoln, our sixteenth 
president, appears last but more 
dramatically a characterization of 
courage than the rest. Lincoln, son 
of a Kentucky frontiersman, whose 
struggle for living and learning 
earned him the heart of our nation 
for his wisdom, thrust him into a 
place of leadership in America's 
most dire hour. Arising in his early 
years, taking "freedom" as his 
stepping stone, he grappled with 
our nation's greatest complexities. 
"Advancement," he insisted, "is the 
order of things in a society of 
equals." After driven to frustration 
by the failure of his generals. 

Lincoln emerged as a man of 
prayer, realizing that wisdom comes 
from God. Like other giants of the 
past, he had an impetuous courage 
as revealed in his second inaugural 
address: "With malice toward none; 
with charity for all; with firmness 
in the right, as God gives us to see 
the right, let us strive on to finish 
the work we are in; to bind up the 
nation's wounds." 

In the year 1863 when our 
youthful nation, less than a hun- 
dred years old, faced its greatest 
crisis, the senate called upon 
President Lincoln to set aside a 
national day of "fasting, humiHa- 
tion and prayer." The president 
concurred and proclaimed April 30 
as a day for personal and national 
repentance. "It is the duty of 
nations as well as of men, to owe 
their dependence upon the overrul- 
ing power of God, to confess their 
sins and transgressions, in humble 
sorrow, yet with assured hope that 
genuine repentance will lead to 
mercy and pardon; and to recognize 
the sublime truth, announced in the 
Holy Scriptures and proven by all 
history, that those nations only are 
blessed whose God is the Lord." 

Lincoln's deep respect for the 
Almighty God and His sovereign 
rule over men was expressed to his 
register of the treasury, L. E. 
Chittenden: "That the Almighty 
does make use of human agencies, 
and directly intervenes in human 
affairs, is one of the plainest 
statements of the Bible. I have had 
so many evidences of His direction, 
so many instances when I have been 
controlled by some other power 
than my own will, that I cannot 
doubt that this power comes 
from above." 

As a lad, Lincoln learned to 
study and memorize the Scriptures. 
The truth of the Word penneates 
his speeches, not just as an adorn- 
ment, but as an integral part of his 
logic. The biblical phrase, "a house 
divided against itself cannot stand," 
became his classic plea for preserva- 
tion of the Union. 

Certainly, we need leadership 
today, possessing these outstanding 
characteristics found in the Mt. 
Rushmore "giants." As Christians, 
we ought to insist on such qualities 
in our politicians. However, it is 
doubtful whether a nation so 
apostate and morally bankrupt can 
produce such. 

As I concentrated upon those 
faces of Mt. Rushmore and re- 
flected upon the leadership they 
represent, I could see the necessity 
for these outstanding qualifications 
in our churches today. 

The church is God's agency 
through which lives can be changed, 
in which power can be displayed 
and with which positive spiritual 
qualities can be produced in prac- 
tical discipleship and sanctification 
(Eph. 3:10-12). We need pastoral 
leadership whose courage and faith 
is grounded in the Scriptures and 
whose lives will be permeated with 
the power of God and the ministry 
of the Holy Spirit. The fruits ofthe 
Spirit (Gal. 5:22-26), exhibited in 
our leadership, will go far in provid- 
ing the example we need for living 
in a crooked and perverse nation 
(PhO. 2:15-16). 

Moses gave Joshua and the 
children of Israel excellent advice 
on this subject. Victory comes 
when courage is exhibited to lay 
hold upon the promises of God 
(Joshua 1:24). Strong moral and 
spiritual courage will come when 
we reaUze the presence of God in 
our lives (Joshua 1:5-6). The 
courage to do right and to walk as 
God desires is to be found in the 
Word (Joshua 1:7-8). Spiritual 
leadership and courage comes when 
there is a realization of God's 
presence in our lives both to do His 
will and accomplish His pur- 
pose (Joshua 1:9). 

The Apostle Paul reiterates tlie 
same theme: "Therefore, my be- 
loved brethren, be ye steadfast, un- 
moveable, always abounding in the 
work ofthe Lord, forasmuch as ye 
know that your labour is not in 
vain in the Lord" (1 Cor. 15:58). 

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Bowling Green: 

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Our pastor and his family: Chery 
and Ron Boehm, along with 
daughters, Megan (left) and Joy 

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Ron Boehm 

"The horse is prepared for the 
day of battle, but victory belongs 
to the LORD." The victory that is 
promised to us rightfully belongs to 
the LORD, but at the same time it 
does not free us from the respon- 
sibility we have before Him to pre- 
pare ourselves for the battle. 

During the past 16 years, many 
have faithfully served the Lord in 
an attempt to estabHsh the Grace 
Brethren Church of Bowling Green. 
January 1, 1979, was the day that 
this great ambition was realized In 
part, for the church began support- 
ing Itself on that day. 

The church held Its first service 
Sunday aftemoon, October 7, 1962. 
Rev. Marion Thomas gave an Illus- 
trated message with a filmstrip on 
Noah and the Ark. There were 38 
in attendance. Pastor Thomas 
pioneered and pastored the work 
until 1968. He was followed by 
Rev. John McKay, Rev. Ed Scofield 
and Rev. David Goodman. 

Many of the families currently 
Involved with the church entered 
the fellowship during the ministry 
of Pastor Dave who is now serving 
the Grace Brethren Church of Ana- 
heim, Callfomia, and pursuing his 

In the spring of 1978 the church 
extended a call to Rev. Ron Boehm. 
He began his ministry July 17. 
Pastor Ron previously served as 
youth pastor of the Ankenytown 
Grace Brethren Church and as the 
assistant pastor of the Elkhart 
Grace Brethren Church (three 

years) while completing his M.Div. 
work at Grace Theological Semi- 

The spirit of the Bowling Green 
church during the past fall quarter 
has been filled with enthusiasm and 
great anticipation for what God is 
doing. Besides maintaining a good 
morning attendance (82), the Lord 
has stirred the hearts of the people 
resulting in 13 public decisions, two 
of which were for salvation. There 
has been a sustained interest in the 
Sunday evening prayer meetings, 
averaging 28. 

Two weekly home Bible studies 
provide a relaxed atmosphere for 
those of the church to gather for 
fellowship around God's Word 
while also making it possible for 
them to invite their neighbors and 
friends to an encounter with 
Christ's Word bathed with personal 
warmth and love. 

Eight men have committed 
themselves to meet for one hour 
weekly. Together they share one 
another's burdens, discuss a weekly 
reading assignment from an appro- 
priate book, and check one 
another's progress in their Scripture 
memory course. 

The ladies, under the leadership 
of the pastor's wife, are developing 
a weekly fellowship for personal 
Bible study and prayer, particularly 
intercessory prayer for their hus- 

The Sunday School hour has 
been of great excitement to all in- 
volved. New personnel have risen to 
the challenge of serving the Lord 
through this traditional institution. 

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The college element with their 
intellectual zeal and brightness adds 
a lot of excitement to the church. 
They come faithfully. 20 or 30 
strong; they regularly bring new 
faces to the congregation— those 
friends and relatives whom they 
long to see come to know Christ 
and experience the new life in Him. 

The future holds many chal- 
lenges for the small church of Bowl- 
ing Green. The congregation has 
decided to continue in its present 
building which was purchased in 
1964 but it still commonly known 
in town as the "old Lutheran 
Church." The building is currently 
in need of some paint, flooring, cur- 
tains, and TLC. 

The fellowship has been blessed 
with many young couples, but this 
has also limited its ability to minis- 
ter to people of all ages. The church 
longs to get a good youth ministry 
started for this is greatly needed in 
this town. A spiritually productive 
youth fellowship would greatly 
broaden the base of the church's 
ministry ability. 

Bob and Cathy Gillespie of 
Toledo are members at this church, 
but they hope to see their home 
Bible study in Toledo develop into 
another new Grace Brethren 
Church. It is hoped that the Bowl- 
ing Green Church will be strong 
enough to provide the spiritual en- 
couragement and strengthening 
necessary to see this hope realized. 

With so many young people 
from the university attending the 
church, there is a great challenge 
to provide them with spiritual in- 

Our officers for 1979. Back 
row (left to right): Ron and 
Brenda Mackey, Sam Boweii, 
Kathy Banky, Diane Arring- 
ton. Cliff Gerig, and Art 
Arrington. Front row (left to 
right): Ruth Steele, Marilyn 
Petty, Rick Petty (vice 
moderator), Ron Boehm 
(moderator). Brad and Betty 

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struction. Christian love, a good 
local church experience, and direc- 
tion for their lives. Some of the 
young men currently attending 
have expressed a definite interest in 
serving the Lord vocationally. 

Of course, the greatest challenge 
which currently faces the people of 
the Grace church is the fulfillment 
of the Great Commission— the win- 
ning of the lost to Christ and their 
spiritual progress in the grace and 
knowledge of Christ. 

The church is greatly indebted 

to those pastors who have laid the 
foundation, those who have prayed, 
those who have served, those who 
have given, those who have coun- 
seled. Praise God for the Brethren 
churches and their burden to estab- 
lish Bible-preaching churches in 
America. Praise God for The Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council, its 
staff, and its leaders who faithfully 
pray and lead in the development 
of such churches as ours. 

Sunday morning, January 7, 
1979, the Bowling Green Grace 

Brethren Church committed itself 
to stand independently among 
other Grace Brethren churches 
trusting the Lord to provide all its 
needs. The new officers for the 
coming year were committed to the 
Lord. Dr. Lester E. Pifer brought a 
challenging message to the congre- 
gation and later shared the ministry 
of Brethren Home Missions during 
the adult Bible study hour. It was 
an occasion not to be forgotten be- 
cause surely it marked a victory for 
the Lord of lords and PGng of kings. 

Veeim Good 

"I feel real good about my 
Golden Income Account 
with the Brethren Invest- 
ment Foundation. I receive 
an interest check at the be- 
ginning of each month, and 
I can make deposits or with- 
drawals on my account at 
any time . . . with no 
penalties! But the best 
feeling comes from knowing 
that the money is being 
used in the Lord's work of 
building churches, and that 
makes me feel real good!" 

Note: Minimum deposit requirement for a monthly interest check is $2,500. No minimum requirement 
for a quarterly or semi-annual interest check. 

The Brethren 
Investment Foundation 

Brethren Missions Building, 
Box 587 Kings Highway 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Please send me information about the Golden Income Account. 
Thank you. 






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Brad Skiles 

Promotional Secretary 

Faith, what is it? It is trusting God to give you 
good health so you can continue to earn a weekly 
wage? Is it trusting God to supply the money when 
you exceed your family budget? Maybe faith is trust- 
ing God for your church's growth, or trusting Him for 
the church's financial support apart from sacrificial 

Faith for Rev. Duane Jones is moving his family— 
Kathy, David and Deborah— from Indiana to Auburn, 
California, without any previous commitment for 
financial support. Faith for Duane Jones is trusting in 
a church family to assist in housing until other ar- 
rangements can be made. Above ah, faith for Duane 
Jones is committing himself and his family to a minis- 
try, in a foreign town, and trusting God to supply 
their needs. 

Duane's origin of faith was established at the age 
of 23. "I accepted the Lord after searching for about 
six months to see if God existed or not," Duane re- 
calls. After studying Roman Catholicism and receiv- 
ing some exposure to Mormonism, Duane came up 
empty. "It was by reading the Word of God and re- 
membering a Bible verse given to me in my childhood 
that I realized that the only true church was the one 
consisting of those who had put their trust in Christ 
alone as Saviour." 

After marrying his wife, Kathy, and completing a 
degree at a Bible school, Duane moved his family to 
Winona Lake, Indiana, where he attended Grace 
Seminary. It was in his final year in seminary that 
Duane heard of a pastoral need for a new church 
starting in Auburn. Duane and Kathy had passed 
through Auburn once, while living in Davis, Cali- 
fornia, but never dreamed that they would live there 
or consider a ministry there. 

Desiring to be open to wherever God wanted 
them, Duane pursued the opening at Auburn. In talk- 
ing with Dr. Lester E. Pifer, executive secretary of 
The Brethren Home Missions Council, Duane learned 
that the Auburn Bible study group had an immediate 
need for a pastor as of April 1978. Not being able to 
Above left: David Jones helps with the moving 

The walk of faith means that 
you are going places with God- 
sometimes literally 

Photos by Brad Skiles 

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complete his education until December 1978, Duane 
saw the Auburn "door" as closed. 

Turning to Foreign Missions, the Joneses culti- 
vated their interest in Germany. "I wrote to Rev. 
Roger Peugh in Germany but the exact day that we 
received his answer, we also received a letter from 
the Mannings in Auburn asking us to come and candi- 

Having developed a strong desire for Germany by 
now, the Joneses were careful not to arbitrarily rule 
out the Auburn ministry. Deciding to investigate the 
potential ministry further, the Joneses accepted the 
offer to candidate. 

Reflecting on the experience, Duane said, "After 
spending a week and a half with these people day and 
night, and three consecutive Sunday services, we felt 
this to be the place where God was leading us. Every- 
thing in that period of time seemed to work out just 
right. The attitudes of the people (including teen- 
agers) were fantastic. I just couldn't think of any 
good reason to say no to Auburn." 

Receiving encouragement and help from the Lees- 
burg church, the Northern California District, The 
Brethren Home Missions Council, and many friends, 
the Jones family made their move on December 12, 
1978. Arriving a week later. Pastor Duane preached 
his first sermon on December 24. 

The Grace Brethren Church of Auburn exists to- 
day as a result of God's leading in the hearts of three 
families in the Sacramento Grace Brethren Church. 
Thinking independently, the Mannings, Sparlings, and 
Crons began to envision a Grace Brethren church 
located in the Sierra foothills of Auburn. God began 
to direct their thoughts, and in September of 1977 

Top: Mrs. Duane Jones teaching a Sunday School class in the 
Colonial Chapel funeral home where the members of the 
Goldrush Community Grace Brethren Church meet 

Center, (1. to r.): Rev. Duane Jones with Ora Skiles, a mem- 
ber of The Brethren Home Missions Council Board of Directors 


Community Grace 

Brethren Church, 

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Rev. Richard Cron, pastor of the Sacramento Grace 
Brethren Church, began to commute to Auburn on 
Tuesday nights and led the Sparlings and Mannings in 
a home Bible study. 

As the group outgrew the Sparling's living room, a 
larger meeting place was sought. Finding schools, fire 
stations, union halls and community buOdings either 
closed to a church's use or fmancially impractical, the 
Auburn Brethren rejoiced over the opportunity to 
meet in a funeral home on Sundays. So on May 7, 
1978, Pastor Cron held his first Sunday afternoon 
service at the Colonial Chapel. 

Although the Aubum church is considered and 
functions as a Home Missions church, it is not fman- 
cially supported by the Council. With an expanding 
budget and limited resources. The Brethren Home 
Missions Council found it necessary to exclude Au- 
burn from the 1979 budget— unless offerings exceed 
the already committed financial needs. 

Committed to a ministry that has no defined 
financial support. Pastor Jones says, "We have never 
been concerned about our financial support whUe at 
Auburn. We believe that God wants us here and He 
will provide. When we were told that the Home Mis- 
sions Council couldn't take us on full time, we had 
planned to work if necessary. 

From the very beginning the Joneses experienced 
God's providing hand. The Northern California Dis- 
trict financially contributed to half of their moving 
expense. The Leesburg church and other friends also 
rallied around the venture and gave some financial 

Upon their arrival, the Joneses not only found the 
Sparlings donating a portion of their weekly earnings 
to their support, but also experienced true Christian 
hospitality and sacrificial love. Having a large family, 
the Sparlings temporarily remodeled the upper por- 
tion of their home to accommodate all of their family 
and gave the three-bedroom basement apartment to 
the Joneses. 

Christian concern and involvement has not 
stopped with just the Brethren of Aubum. Since 
Duane's commitment to Auburn, two Brethren 
churches in the district have announced a monthly 
support with the possibility of other churches doing 
likewise. Even with this support, it still may be neces- 
sary for Duane to work. Yet he says, "We are wdlling 
to do whatever the Lord may wish and are waiting to 
see which way He directs." 

In spite of the work existing for almost one and a 
half years, Duane evaluates the current work at 
"literally starting from ground zero." One of Pastor 
Duane's first priorities for the church was to establish 
goals and purposes. Doing this throughout the month 
of January, the leadership of the church will be able 

to evaluate future church growth methods with the 
effectiveness of reaching the community of Aubum 
for Christ. 

As God continues to write the history of the 
Auburn church, the applications and usefulness of 
such a story extend far beyond the typical prayer re- 
quest. Certainly news of such a vulnerable and needy 
ministry should stir our hearts to prayer. Likewise, 
the example of Duane's faith should stir a response 
that reevaluates our own faith. For some of us, such 
an evaluation will find ourselves saying, as the 
apostles did, "Lord, 'increase our faith!' " (Luke 

The future of the Multiplication of Missions lies 
with the ability of future leaders to step outside of 
the limits of budgets and trust God to supply their 
needs. The Brethren Home Missions CouncO praises 
God for faithful men like Duane Jones. 





X's Corner 

"Don't Pass the ^ Buck'" 

Q. What's causing inflation? 

A. Big government and deficit spendi| 

Most conservatives will respond just like tha 
But don't pass the buck. Actually, one of the 
primary reasons for inflation lies in an area under 
the direct influence of the American worker: pro- 
ductivity. Employees are increasingly getting more 
for producing less, and if it costs a company mo; 
to produce less, the price of the product i^ 
usually go up, which is inflation. 

A Christian has a responsibility to fight infla- 
tion by following the productivity formula offered 
in Colossians 3:23: ". . .whatsoever ye do, do it 
heartily, as to the Lord. . . ." The applicadon is 

t only spiritual, but refers to all areas of 

_|onal responsibility. 

Brethren Home Missions is concerned withip" 
flation. We understand that a dollar doesn't gol 
far this year as it did last, and producing more 
with less is a big challenge. Please be assured, how- 
ever, that we are determined to place your mission 
dollar where it will be the most productive in 
reaching America for Christ. 

february '79 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 

n Pictured above are the people who met with Rev. 
Marvin Meeker and his wife, Jaralyn, on Jan. 7 for the 
first service of the new Grace Brethren work in Udell, 

n An ordination service was held for Michael J. 
Volovski, Jr., at the First Brethren Church, Altoona, 
Pa., on Dec. 31, announced Rev. Gordon Bracker, 
associate pastor of the Bethel Brethren Church, 
Osceola, Ind. Mr. Bracker gave the ordination mes- 
sage and is the father-in-law of Mr. Volovski. 

DThe Grace Brethren Church of Clearwater con- 
tinues to move ahead. The last Sunday of December, 
the church publicly received 35 members into the 
charter membership which closed that day. With an 
attendance of 50 and new families continually mov- 
ing into the string city area of the suncoast of Flori- 
da, the church sets the goal of an attendance of 100 
by the end of 1979. The men of the church are cut- 
ting trees, clearing property, and developing the five 
beautiful acres of property purchased this year on 
Nebraska Avenue just off Route 19. The drive is 
now on to pay off the property and prepare to 
build the church for this fast developing congrega- 
tion of Brethren people. 

Rev. Marion Thomas is pastor and Dr. Raymond 
Gingrich is the adult Bible class teacher and preaches 
in some of the services. 

D The first annual meeting of the membership of 
Brethren Encyclopedia, Inc., was held at New 
Windsor, Maryland, on Dec. 15. It was reported that 
$41,975.83 in cash and $20,000 in pledges have been 
raised toward the goal of $ 1 50,000 to support publi- 
cation of a three-volume encyclopedia to describe the 
Brethren bodies which originated in Germany in 
1708. Dr. Donald R. Durnbaugh of Oak Brook, 111., 
serves as editor of the encyclopedia. 

Elected to the board of directors for five-year 
terms were: President— Fred W. Benedict, represent- 
ing the Old German Baptist Brethren; Vice Presi- 
dent-Charies W. Turner, represenfing the Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches; Secretary— Dale V. 
Ulrich, representing the Church of the Brethren; 
Treasurer— Joseph R. Shultz, representing the Breth- 
ren Church; and member Howard J. Surbey, repre- 
senting the Dunkard Brethren Church. Other officers 
are; M. R. Zigler, financial secretary; and Ronald G. 
Lutz, assistant treasurer. 

In addition to the annual meeting of the member- 
ship and the board of directors, the editorial board 
met in New Windsor on Dec. 14 and 15. Serving on 
the editorial board are the following two representa- 
tives per denomination: 

Brethren Church-St. Clair Benshoff and Brad 

Church of the Brethren— Kenneth Morse and 
David Eller 

Dunkard Brethren— Howard Surbey and Jacob 

Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches— Charies 
Turner and Robert Clouse 

Old Gentian Baptist Brethren— Fred Benedict 
and Marcus Miller 

Persons who wish to contribute to Brethren Ency- 
clopedia, Inc., may mail their contributions to 6611 
Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19119. 

Orange, Calif., Grace Brethren Church, pastor: J. 
Donald Byers, Jr. D Marvin Meeker, R. R. 1, Udell, 
Iowa 52593, phone: 515/452-6473. D On page 85, 
Pastor Richard duPont's name was inadvertently 
omitted. Please insert: 

duPONT, RICHARD (Marie) 

R. R. 1, Meyersdale, Pa. 15552 
(Tel. 814/634-8200) 

Pastor, Summit Mills Brethren Church 

Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest al- 
ways upon, these new families who join the Brethren Mis- 
sionary l-lerald readership, A six-month free subscription to 
the Herald is given to newlyweds whose addresses are sup- 
plied by the officiating minister. 

Dino and Coni Elefante', July 29, North Long Beach 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, CaUf. 

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John and Leandra Koppel, Aug. 4, North Long Beach 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 
Douglas and Jodie McLeish, Aug. 5, North Long 
Beach Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 
George and Terri Young, Sept. 1, North Long Beach 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 
Stephen and Ann Minshall, Sept. 23, North Long 
Beach Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 
Carl and Tami Abajian, Oct. 7, North Long Beach 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 
Morris and Diane Wink, Nov. 1, North Long Beach 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 
Mark and Ruth Bingle, Nov. 16, North Long Beach 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 
Steven and Carol EUis, Nov. 25, North Long Beach 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 
Paul and Pat Anderson, Dec. 15, North Long Beach 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 
Cindee McCarthy and Timothy R. Huwe, Dec. 16, 
at Heinz Chapel, on the campus of University of Pitts- 
burgh. First Brethren Church, Grafton, W. Va. 


Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the 

FEATHERS, Watson, 74, Dec. 9, member of the 

Leamersville Grace Brethren Church, Duncansville, 


FLAUGH, Pearl, 72, Nov. 16, member of the 

Leamersville Grace Brethren Church, Duncansville, 


Leamersville Grace Brethren Church, Duncansville, 
Pa., March 18-25, ParenTeen Crusade. John E. 
Gregory, pastor; Jere Brubaker, speaker. 



Sometimes Snoopy 
Surprises Me 

Wendell Kent 

Our dog. Snoopy, is not very bright. I could teO 
you things about his behavior that should easOy 
convince you that he is pathetically low on the IQ 
scale. He long ago dropped out of obedience school, 
having failed every course. He did a Utile better in 
charm school because he has a cute face and is a good 
tail vi/agger. He has now reached the respectable age 
of 12 years, which means that he would be eUgible 
for Social Security if there were such a thing in 
dogdom. He sleeps a lot, barks at strangers, and waits 
more or less patiently for me to arrive with his 
nightly ration of two tasty Gainesburgers. 

One thing about Snoopy does puzzle me. From his 
secluded pen behind the house, he somehow knows 
the presence of a strange step on the front porch. He 
always barks. 

How do you suppose he can distinguish my step, 
and those of the rest of our family, from every other 
step? It isn't by sight. He can't see the front porch 
from where he is confined. It can hardly be by smell, 
from a distance that far. I thought for a while that it 
might be the distinctive sound of our shoes, but when 
I came home one day wearing a brand new pair, it 
made no difference. Snoopy was silent as usual. But 
just let a stranger come to the door and from the 
back of the house, Snoopy barks a challenge. 

Somehow that dog has learned to sort out the 
steps of a few of his friends and to accept those 
without challenge, but he barks like everything when 
the paper boy or the meter man puts one foot on the 

For that matter, I often wonder how God knows 
my steps too. The Bible says, "The steps of a good 
man are ordered by the Lord." Somehow, out of all 
the sounds that rise from earth, God must be able to 
distinguish my step from all others. Mysterious, isn't 

But if a not-so-bright Httle dog can pick me out 
from all the other visitors to our house, why should I 
doubt that God in all His wisdom can zero in on me 
when He wants to, and hear my call, different from 
all the others? 

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A Brethren Personality 

Photos by Dennis Schultz 

Bernie Simmons 

Chuck Olson 



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"Serving My 
the national 
Brethren SMM 
theme song in 

Songwriting for the Lord 

Terry Wliite 

As a pastor's son, Bernie Simmons has been 
around sacred music most of his life. When his father, 
Philhp Simmons, pastored in Juniata (Altoona), 
Pennsylvania, five-year-old Bernie and his sister, 
Joyce, sang over local radio. 

Later, while a high school student in Seattle, 
Bernie further developed his talent and singing ability 
while he worked part-time cleaning the church. 

Today Bemie Simmons, now in the pastoral minis- 
try himself at Lititz, Pennsylvania, has seen that love 
of music and songwriting develop into a ministry that 
extends far and wide througli recording and published 

Simmons found that his songwriting really acceler- 
ated after he began pastoring the Grace Brethren 
Church of Sterling, Ohio. In the last four years he has 
written some 30-40 songs, the best-known of which 
are probably "Serving My Master" and "Tiny Little 

The first of these, "Serving My Master," has been 
published by the Brethren Missionary Herald Com- 
pany and was the national Brethren SMM theme song 
in 1975. 

"Tiny Little Babe," a Christmas song which is 
addressed to the Baby Jesus, began its rise to promi- 
nence when it attracted the attention of Chuck 
Olson, a sacred concert and recording artist, who first 
met Simmons when he sang in the Sterling area in 

The song was inspired, according to Simmons, by 

an event at Christmastime in 1974. Simmons was 
studying in his church office when, glancing out at 
the church's live nativity scene below, he noticed a 
neigliborhood boy standing alone by the nativity 
scene talking to the sheep. 

Churck Olson then recorded the song, with orches- 
tral background, on his Christmas album. The music 
was published in sheet music form, with piano and 
guitar chord accompaniment, and just recently a four- 
part choral arrangement of the song was pubUshed, as 
well. Copies of the music, according to Simmons, are 
available from Olson by writing 3201 E. Court Street, 
Iowa City, Iowa 52240. 

Simmons says that most of his songs are "teaching- 
type," or "didactic." He feels the gift of teaching 
adapts itself well to songwriting as well as to his 
ministry as pastor-teacher. 

Simmons has recently completed several other 
songs which are being considered by Olson for record- 
ing and pubhshing. He recently had a dedicafion serv- 
ice for "Tiny Little Babe" which included a full 
choral performance of the number. 

"It was really fulfilling," he says, "to hear some- 
one who loves the Lord sing a song which had started 
in my heart." Because Simmons and his wife. Sue, 
have young children at home, they do not travel 
widely to sing and share their own songs. Therefore, 
he is grateful for others, like Olson, who will carry on 
the ministry of his compositions in other places. 

"It is most fulfilling," Simmons says, "to a person 
who hkes to be creative and to use his talents for the 

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hoping to help in Christian ed, 
youth, and church growth 

Pastor Knute Larson, Executive Director 
Rev. Ed Lewis, Director of Youtti IVlinistries 
Judy Ashman, Director of SMIVl 
Ginny Toroian, Administrative Assistant 
Brian Roseborougfi, Assistant to Directors 
Gladys Deloe, Youth Secretary 

Chips off the Old Heart and Soul 

Seldom do children grow higher 
than their parents spiritually, when 
the parents claim to be Christians. 

Have you noticed? 

IMow often teen-agers and older 
children are head-and-shoulders 
above their mom and dad when 
those parents are non-church and 
unsaved. In fact then the challenge 
seems good for them. 

But when they're living with 
Christians, they so often are dupli- 
cates of their fathers and mothers 

It's a comfort and a warning. 

It's true that many offspring 
jump high when they get on their 
own, or often after their first 
child . . . but while they're under 
the same roof, they're so often the 
same temperature. 

I remember, long ago, trying to 
help a parent handle his child's 
gripes about children's church . . . 
and then I noticed how parallel 
those complaints about junior 
church were with the parents' nega- 
tive approach to senior church! 

Picky senior, picky junior. 

Often spiritually depressed par- 
ents hand their genes over to their 
new thirteen-year-olds on the day 
of their birthday. 

What a challenge! 

Our children might love the 
Lord (and themselves) just as much 
as we do! 

Their smiles could be just as 
wide as ours. 

They might care just as much as 
we do about witnessing and build- 
ing other Christians. 

If our children might be pictures 
of us spiritually, it makes us want 
to be photogenic! . . . 

1 . ... by talking about the Lord 
in a very natural way, and liv- 
ing what we say. 

2. ... by admitting and apolo- 
gizing when we fail, then get- 
ting right into the right way. 

3. ... by speaking only positive- 
ly about others, including the 
church, and showing your 
family that if you ever have 
an offense from someone you 
go directly to him. 

4. ... by being involved in the 

Christian growth of your chil- 
dren, whatever their ages. 
Prayers, Bible study at home, 
loving confrontation when 
needed, constant praise and 
acceptance, questions and in- 
volvement with their Sunday 
school studies, youth group 
material, and SMIVl goals. 
And while you're at it, why 

A. Exchange with your youth pas- 
tor or sponsor some specific 
ways to be praying for and help- 
ing your son or daughter. See if 
you're "gathered in His name" 
for the same concerns. 

B. Offer help to others ministering 
to your son or daughter. It will 
help you feel more team-unity. 
The youth leader may feel like 
he's the only one who cares! 

C. Volunteer or help other parents 
volunteer to be regular teachers 
and Christian ed sponsors or 
helpers at church. Often these 
ministers are too hard to get! 

D. Pray like the life of your off- 
spring depended on it! 

Personal Notes on CE Staff 

We're telling Brian Roseborough his middle name now is Timothy. Really 
enjoying this brave new venture. . . . Mary Jones, in the tradition of her 
father, Harold, is an excellent statistician. As our bookkeeper, she is a vital 
part of CE. Mary trained to be a nurse, did TIME in Kentucky, then joined 
us a year ago. ... Ed Lewis is excited about the talk about Florida. . . . 
Our Congrats to our Jim Long, who will now be doing editorial work for 
Campus Life and Christianity Today magazines (in addition to CE's 
Ac'cent). His ministry is mushrooming, and we're glad! 


february '79 ^O 

"Television Theology" Often Should Be Rated X 

A GBC Christian Education 

Statement on Revelation 

We believe the Bible is the complete Word of 
God for today. 

And that means a difference with many 
other sincere Christians, some of them hosts on 
the tube, or vep/ active in church work. 

We believe God has spoken, and is done, 
finishing what He had to inspire men to say as 
rules and principles for faith and living. 

That, no doubt, is our biggest difference 
with many of the neo-Pentecostals, who recog- 
nize dreams, signs, and inner thoughts as on the 
level of the Bible for truth and revelation. 

Pizza causes some dreams. 

Signs are very subjective. 

Inner thoughts are constant, as varied as our 
backgrounds, and simply unpiled from our 

None of them is meant to be revelational 
like the Bible. 

We remind our friends that this is a day of 
overemphasis on feelings and subjective theolo- 
gy based on experience. We plead for the 
good-spirited unity of the Body in each local 
church, in spite of minor differences. 

We do not have to agree on everything. 

But this matter of revelation is so very basic 
and foundational. 

Who's to say Joseph Smith's IVlormon Bible 
is not a twin to God's Bible? 

How can you argue with the man who 
recently appeared on the CBN program to say 
God speaks to us clearly through our dreams? 

What do you say to the lady who seems to 
always be hearing a word from the Lord, taking 
away the need for hard choices? 

God can do anything He wishes, and reveal 
truth and wisdom as His pleases. 

(It seems big of us to say so!) 

And the project of Christian education 
would certainly be a whole lot easier if every- 
one had built-in earphones from God. No 
question then about what to do next, or the 
way of wisdom. Not struggles then. 

No growth. 

But God tells us He wants us 
to walk by faith. 

The faith "once for all delivered" (Jude 3). 

He is clear. 

That the Bible is inspired by God . . . that 
the Christian "may be adequate, equipped for 
even/ good work" (2 Timothy 3: 1 6-1 7) . 

We pray for wisdom and guidance to apply 
that Word to our lives. 

But we can never put those applications 
on the level with what God outbreathed to His 

He wants us to study that Word ven/ care- 
fully, conscientiously applying and obeying it 
in the control of the Holy Spirit. 

He does not want us to accept any other 
revelation as being of the same nature. 

This statement is not infallible. 

But please check it with the Book that is. 


february '79 

"Pastor's Class" 

You may get a copy just for your- 
self now— covering some 
mighty important topics! 

God . . . Jesus . . . Holy Spirit 

Sin . . . Justification . . . Baptism 

Sanctification . . . Communion 

Future . . . Church History 

IVIoney . . . Church IVlembership, Rule 

Bible Study . . . Healing . . . Death 

Order this helpful booklet, $1 .50 


GBC Christian Education 

P. O. Box 365 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

"Readables" Ready 

Two new "GBC Readables" are 

ready for you to use: "What Is A 

GBC?" and "In, With, and By The 

Holy Spirit." 

We think you ought to have one, 

or a thousand, so you can share 

them at church or all around. 

"This works 

for us!" 

a tested idea from 
Robert F. Wilson 
Sunday Sciiool Superintendent 
Community GBC, l/i/hittier, Calif. 

Forty of our Sunday school 
staff recently took part in an ICL- 
type (ICL— International Centef for 
Learning, a Gospel Light ministry) 
weekend workshop. It was a work- 
shop by and for our own staff. No 
paid staff nor outside help were 
used in the sessions. 

Sessions were offered for per- 
sonal improvement in areas such as: 
The Role of the Sunday School 
Teacher, Leading a Child to Christ, 
IVIaking the Sunday Morning Ef- 
fective, Relating to Children, 
Guided Conversation. Role-playing 
was used as a tool, with the 
teachers becoming the students. 
The weekend concluded with de- 
partmental sessions where help was 
given in Unit Planning and Session 

The results were positive, with a 
realization that unity and good 
planning are a must in meeting the 
needs of the students. An added 
bonus was the fellowship of the 
weekend— sharing, caring, and pray- 
ing together. 


GBC Christian Education recent- 
ly began a regular mailing to wives 
of pastors and others in the voca- 
tional ministries of the church. 

"Ohhh," it's called, and it's a 
sister to "Hmmm," a two-year-old 
monthly mailing to pastors. 

Jeanine Larson, wife of the CE 
executive director, and Virginia 
Toroian, administrative assistant, 
are editing the letter. It will include 
encouraging input from GBC wives 
and others. 

The other mailing produced to 
directly help pastors is "Inside 
Track," a bundle of helps and 
samples and working papers. 

There is no charge for any of 
these. Your gifts to GBC Christian 
Education make it happen. 




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Columbus (Grace), Ohio 

James Custer 

Wilford Friesland 



Tennple Hills, Md. 

James Dixon 

Lowell Owens 




Hagerstown (Maranatha), Md. 

Jack Peters, Sr. 

J. A. Stouffer 

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North Lauderdale, Fla. 

Jack Peters, Jr. 

Durwood Brooks 

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Modesto (Big Valley), Calif. 

David Seifert 

Tom Scrip 




Roanoke (Patterson Memorial) 


Ron Thompson 

Sammy Ellis 



Covington, Ohio 

Randall Maycumber 

Wayne Wise 




Aiken, S.C. 

Steve Taylor 

David Clow 


Tuscson, Ariz. 

Kenneth Curtis 





'Mission Viejo, Calif. 

Milan Yerkovich 

Mickey Bodnar 



Ewa Beach, Hawaii 

Clifford Coffman 

Rick Simafranca 

Due Now: 

Senior Medal of Ministry 

GBC Christian Education 
award to someone over 65, 
actively serving others 
though local church (not 
paid staff). 

Christian Educator of the Year 

Award to man or woman 
nominated by a local church 
as "most valuable" on their 
team of teachers, sponsors, 
children's workers. 

Application forms available. 

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We think Paul would have liked 

^TIMOTHY idams 

R1 J. 

A X 

The reason we're excited: a bunch 
of them, for sure: 

1. Glory for the Lord! He's the 
reason for our going to the 

2. Help for the church! We're hop- 
ing to help, and after sustained 
ministry— three weekend trips— 
the Timothys go home knowing 
they have trained youth, moti- 
vated others, and helped people 
share Christ. The Teams do not 
go to perform, or be in concert. 

3. Best of life to the ministers, the 
members of the Timothy Team. 
They are all members of BSLV 
(Brethren Student Life Volun- 
teers), and very open to full-time 
Christian vocations. After several 
weekends of this kind of giving 
and sharing, they know what 
Jesus meant when He said it's 
the best way to live. 


The Timothy Team sparked our 
young people and electrified our 
whole church. Their ministry accom- 
plished more than we could have 
dreamed. We are still reaping the 
results. The l<ids have continued with 
what they learned and experienced 
during the "team's" time here; with 
a puppet ministry and with a recent 
service for shut-ins. Praise God! 
Pastor Bill Smith 
North Kokomo, Indiana 

We feel Timothy Team did more 
for our teens than any single program 
we've tried before. It inspired them, 
challenged them, and equipped them 
for a closer walk with the Lord as 
well as for ministry to others. We 
highly recommend Timothy Team. 

Pastor and Mrs. Maynard Tittle 

Gallon, Ohio 

february '79 

Team members and teens work 
together sharpening ministry skills 

Who got helped? 

. . . Two churches that are now 
equipped with a youth ministry team 
that can share puppets, music, drama, 
testimonies, and most of all an impor- 
tant message. 

. . . Teens who have confidence and 
desire to share the Gospel with their 

. . . About 20 people whom God 
brought to Himself as a result of Out- 
reach ministries on Saturdays, services 
and an outreach gym night. 
. . . Teens who made sure of their faith 
in Christ and others who made up 
their minds to follow Christ with all 
their energy. 

. . . Team members that learned lots 
about youth ministry, discipleship and 
the benefits of being involved in minis- 

. . . Teens who felt the hard work and 
joy of ministering. 

. . . Families where Timothy Team 
members stayed that say, "Boy, did 
they influence us and our kids!" 
. . . Nursing homes that host a special 
program and got connected with the 
church in a good way and said "every- 
one is still talking about it." 
... A couple hundred prisoners that 
were encouraged by a program (espe- 
cially two that stood in front of all to 
say, "We want to follow Christ at all 

The office of GBC Christian Edu- 
cation announces the beginning 
of. . . 




SUNDAY EVENING (or whenever) 
topical, built on the concept of dis- 
cussion and sharing. 


MIDWEEK-adaptable for occa- 
sional use in SS. 


especially geared to evangelism. 

PROGRAMS— magazine subscrip- 
tions included in cost: 



jAdventures With 
Vouf/)— program ideas 


■discussion ideas 



Materials can easily be used by both 
junior and senior high youth. And it's 
BRETHREN. Most programs will be 
written by Brethren youth workers. 

A six-month (March-August, 1979) 
subscription is offered at $32.95 to 
allow for the evaluation of the pro- 
grams. Material will be mailed to you 

CATION, P.O. Box 365, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590, for more information. 

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Jfissionary birthdays 

APRIL 1979 

no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 
and 29 of the 1979 Grace Brethren Annual.^ 


ilip Peters April 20, 1962 

borah Austin April 26, 1965 


V. Solon Hoyt April 2 

. Ralph Robinson April 6 


is Burk April 9, 1969 

V. Norman Johnson April 15 

s. Timothy Farner April 29 

nathan Farner April 29, 1971 


.ry Ahce (MoUy) Hudson 


s. Phillip Guerena 

April 10, 197: 

April 5 


zanne Mensinger April 9, 1969 

V. J. Keith Altig April 9 

s. Robert Williams April 1 5 

rbara Hulse April 27 

elyn Tschetter April 29 





wmc o(Hciari| 

Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Hwy., Winona Lake, 
I nd. 46590 

1st Vice President- 
Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) Risser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

2nd Vice President- 
Mrs. Walter (Emma) Fretz, 413 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 565 Stonyridge Ave., Troy, Ohio 45373 

Assistant Secretary- 
Mrs. Tom (Donna) Miller, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 

Mrs. Tom (Geneva) Inman, 2244 Fernwood Dr., Colorado 
Springs, Colo. 80190 

Literature Secretary- 
Mrs. Lloyd (Mary Lois) Fish, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R. R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, 
Ind, 46580 

Prayer Chairman- 
Mrs. Harold (Ada) Etiing, 803 Esplanade, Winona Lake, Ind. 


Your dollars for the Grace Schools project this 
year will help to purchase two films, "Martin 
Luther," and "The Big Dig"; equip a former 
science laboratory into seminary classroom; pro- 
vide dictating equipment for the seminary faculty 
offices and additional books for the seminary 
library. Give generously to meet the $7,000 goal. 
Offerings should be sent to Miss Joyce Ashman no 
later than March 10. 

Mrs. Hill Maconaghy 

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How Do I Love Thee?. . . 

Mrs. Donald Hedrick 

Valentine's Day is such a beauti- 
ful day for the expression of love! I 
can remember one special year that 
made the presence of Valentine's 
Day even more memorable in this 
Christian's heart. I recall that each 
of our chOdren seemed to be in a 
completely different phase of 
loving, reminiscent of the way 
Christians respond to Christ's love. 

Our second grader had managed 
to organize the entire family with 
the project of addressing his valen- 
tines. He makes a job out of every- 
thing, and sets to the task with the 
tenacity of a bull. However, it 
seems as if he has one small prob- 
lem, and you guessed it, she wears 
a skirt. 

On occasion, when I have been 
at school, this delightful child has 
seized the opportunity to infonn 
me that she "loves" Timmy. We al- 
ways have a nice chat. After all, she 
does have good taste. However, I 
am afraid her overtures are not met 
with equal enthusiasm by my son. 
It came out at valentine addressing 
time that he was giving her an 
empty envelope. I first became 
aware of this situation when I 
heard the uproar in the kitchen. As 
I raced to see what had happened, I 
heard the girls imploring, "You 
can't do that! That's terrible!" 
Then, "Mom, he's going to send an 
empty envelope!" 

Our sixth grader infonned us in 
ample time that she was not giving 
valentines this year. Her story lies 
in one she received. I had figured 
that if she were not giving any 
valentines, she would not receive 
any, but then, what do mothers 
know, anyway? 

february '79 

Julie sauntered up the driveway, 
flung open the door in her casual 
way, and I noted the obvious signs 
of a party still Hngering about her 
mouth. Her empty hands made me 
feel as if my first assumption had 
been correct, but still I had to ask, 
"Did you get any valentines?" Her 
silent reply came as she reached 
into the pocket of her windbreaker 
and handed me two valentines. On 
the back of one I read : "Well, I 
guess I like you, but I don't want 
the whole world to know. You're a 
cute girl. I'm not going to say any- 
more." He didn't want the world to 
know! The two donors of her 
valentines had asked that she and a 
friend meet them out by the bus 
after school. I'm sure the world will 
never know. 

Having a 15-year-old daughter is 
yet another matter entirely. I was 
astounded at the unbelievable 
quandry over the entire "Opera- 
tion Valentine." Lori definitely 
wanted to send a card, but after 
scrutinizing the fourth store's enor- 
mous collection, and deciding to go 
back to the first store, I wasn't too 
sure she'd ever find one. But, you 
see, it had to be perfect. Then too, 
she wanted to do something for 
him. It wasn't enough to buy a 
small gift and send a card, she 
wanted to give of herself to make 
this day a very special day for this 
very special person. After much de- 
liberation and intricate planning, 
she decided to decorate his locker. 
The tactics used to secure the com- 
bination convinced me that she 
surely must have a future in the 
C.I. A. Complete with the necessary 
information and implements, she 
proceeded with the task at hand. 
Not 20 feet away, a meeting was in 

progress with the head coach in at- 
tendance as well as quite a few 
other staff members of the school. 
With a singleness of purpose she ac- 
complished her task in short order, 
and left, semi-confident ("Do you 
think he'll hke it. Mom?") that her 
efforts would meet with his ap- 
proval. Never once did she consider 
what she might receive. 

I couldn't help but think that 
Chrisfians tend to fall into these 
same categories. Some acknowl- 
edge Christ's presence, but stop 
right there. The envelope of love is 
empty. Others are willing to own 
up to the claim of Christ on their 
lives, but they surely don't want 
the whole world to know about it. 
Sometimes it can be such a well- 
guarded secret that not even those 
closest to them would dare suspect. 
Finally, there are those whose only 
thought is of giving, never of what 
they shall get in return. They de- 
light in pleasing the Lord by loving 
their fellow Christians and showing 
that love in a tangible way. Their 
concern is not with doing just a 
good job, but with doing the best 
job they know how. 

If only we all could grasp the im- 
portance of this concept, then 
maybe when the world looks at us 
they could say, "How they love one 
another!" "And so I am giving a 
new commandment to you now— 
love each other just as much as I 
love you. Your strong love for each 
other will prove to the world that 
you are my disciples" (John 13:34- 
13:34-35 LB). 

(WMC Editor's Note: Jean Hedrick, 
daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Keith 
Altig, is a mother of three and a 
member of the First Brethren 
Church, Whittier, California.) 

The Power of Prayer 

The power of prayer is mighty, "Where two or three are 
gathered," it's true. In this case it would be at least two or 
three score, if not two or three hundred. 

Maybe as WMC ladies in an individual group, we think we 
are too small for any real answers to prayer but when the 
time was taken to find out the meeting dates of WMC groups 
across the country, we found that many ladies met on the 
same day. Listed below are the days of the month when 
councils are meeting. In prayer circle time, especially this 
montli, and continuing if the Lord leads, remember the sister 
councils that meet on the same day as yours. This is only a 
partial Usting as some cards have not been returned to the 
national president as of this publication's deadline. 


North Buffalo WMC-Kit- 
tanning, Pennsylvania 

Mary Circle WMC-Beaver 
City, Nebraska 


Maranatha WMC- Lake 
Odessa, Michigan 

Margaret Mason Circle- 
Warsaw, Indiana 

DanvUIe, Ohio 

West Homer, Ohio 

Sterling, Ohio 

Woodville Grace Brethren 
WMC-Mansfield, Ohio 

Vicksburg, Pennsylvania 

Winona Lake, Indiana- 
WMC Circles 


Jean Austin Circle-War- 
saw, Indiana 

Dorcas Circle- Peru, Indi- 

Northwest Brethren WMC 
-Phoenix, Arizona 


Dorcas WMC-Belinower, 

North Long Beach WMC- 

Long Beach, California 
First Brethren WMC-Whit- 

tier, California 
Dorcas WMC-Troy, Ohio 
Miriam WMC-Ankeny- 

town, Ohio 
Junior WMC-Buena Vista, 

Rittman, Ohio-WMC 


Senior WMC-Waynesboro, 

Kings Daughters-I^ Verne, 

Ruth Circle-Myerstown, 

Aleppo, Pennsylvania 
Conemaugh Senior WMC- 

Conemaugh, Pennsyl- 
TEAM WMC-Pike Grace 

Brethren, Conemaugh, 

Confraternidad Femenil 
de Tijuana y San Ysidro 
-San Ysidro, Cahfornia 


Senior WMC-Jenners, 

Bethel Brethren WMC- 
Berne, Indiana 

Leesburg, Indiana 


Day Circle-Wliittier Com- 
munity GBC, Whittier, 

Senior WMC-Uniontown, 

Penn Valley WMC-Tel- 
ford, Pennsylvania 

Geistown WMC -Johns- 
town, Pennsylvania 

Lehigh Valley WMC- 
Bethlehem, Pennsyl- 

Third Brethren WMC- 
Philadelphia, Pennsyl- 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 

Marietta. Georgia 

First Brethren WMC- 
Whittier, California 

Indianapolis, Indiana 

Beaverton, Oregon 

Foster-Haag WMC-Graf- 
ton. West Virginia 


Daystar WMC-Grace 
Brethren, Mansfield, 

Dallas Center, Iowa 

Falrlawn WMC-Akron, 

Leon, Iowa 

Glendora, California 

Norwalk, California 

Middler WMC-Martins- 
burg, Pennsylvania 


HOME WMC-Pike Grace 
Brethren, Conemaugh, 

Charity WMC-Canton, 


Kent, Washington 

Middlebranch, Ohio 

Phoenix, Arizona 

Elkhart, Indiana 

Maranatha WMC-North 
Riverdale, Dayton, 

Washington Heights, 
Roanoke, Virginia 

Troutdale, Oregon 

Melrose Gardens-Harris- 
burg, Pennsylvania 

Martinsburg Junior WMC- 
Martinsburg, Pennsyl- 


Portis, Kansas 

Martinsburg Senior WMC- 
Martinsburg, Pennsyl- 

Ruth WMC-Peru, Indiana 


Howard WMC-Bell, Cali- 

Ruth WMC-Lexington, 

Meyersdale, Pennsylvania 

Lois WMC-Ankenytown, 

Rose Foster WMC-Ghent 
Grace Brethren, 
Roanoke, Virginia 

Confraternidad Femenil de 
Tijuana y San Ysidro - 
San Ysidro, California 


Marie Mishler WMC-Ellet, 
Akron, Ohio 

Dorcas WMC-Wooster, 

Hope Grace Brethren, 
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania 


Faith WMC-Wooster, Ohio 

Mary and Martlia WMC- 
Mansfield, Ohio 

Elizabetlitown, Pennsyl- 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 

Pearl by Donita Dyer 

A Layman Looks at the Lord's Prayer by W. 

Phillip Keller 

The God of the Impossible by June Miller 

-If you have not as yet taken time to read the WMC 
books this year, take time now to experience each 
one through the authors' carefully chosen word 

february '79 

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Life is no Breeze 

Linda Hoke 

Winter is a time of reflection in my life. Somehow 
the days just seem lonelier with the windows and 
doors all shut to keep out the ill wind. I cherish the 
day that I can again open the door and let it remain 
so for the cool breeze and the outdoor sounds to 
mingle with my indoor life of keeping a home and 
family happy. In the meantime, I reflect on how the 
Lord can use friends and acquaintances to conform 
my life more to His image. Today I have been think- 
ing about the wonderful fall retreat our Indiana Dis- 
trict WMC had and what a spiritual blessing the 
speaker was to each of us. 

Char Binkley, a radio personality on WBCL— the 
voice of Fort Wayne Bible CoUege— was with us and 
her personality and its effervescence were catching. In 
chatting with her she gave permission for me to share 
some of her thoughts with you ladies who couldn't 
make it to Camp Mack that weekend. 

With winter's inevitable drudgery upon us, it's nice 
to remember that someone loves us. Each individual 
has her own dmdgery or something you just hate to 
do again. We feel sorry for ourselves and are defeated 
before we even begin. 

Have you heard the trite saying, "Nobody loves 
me, everybody hates me. . . ." Must I continue? While 
all alone in a house all day, winter's dragging by and I 
feel so sorry for myself . . . or . . . working all day at a 
job nearby and nobody cares about the job I'm doing. 
"How can I get out of this rut?" you say. Turn the 
midwinter freeze into a summer sensation! 

First, feel better about yourself. Remember that 
God loves you and you should also love and appre- 
ciate yourself. Psalm 139:13-17, as recorded in the 
Living Bible, shares it this way: "You [God] made all 
tlie delicate, inner parts of my body, and knit them 
together in my mother's womb. Thank you for 
making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to 
think about. Your workmanship is marvelous— and 
how well I know it. . . . You saw me before I was 
born and scheduled each day of my hfe before I 
began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your 

"How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are 
thinking about me constantly! I can't even count how 
many times a day your thouglits turn towards me. 
And when I waken in the morning, you are still think- 
ing about me!" 

If that doesn't give you a lift, maybe you better 
seek further help. God, the omnipotent, thinks con- 

stantly about each of us, individually. He is able. 
First, and most important then, is the fact that God 
loves us. 

Secondly, each of us should be able to love and ap- 
preciate ourselves. So many times we berate our own 
achievements because we don't want the neighbors to 
think we're stuck on ourselves. But have you ad- 
mitted to yourself that it was a pretty good pie you 
made last week? We don't have to stand on the 
mountaintops to proclaim our goodness, but at 
least find one thing that you can do well and thank 
the Lord for the ability and appreciate it yourself. 
Remember . . . "You expect more of yourself than 
anyone else ever does." Recall each day what God has 
done for you. Look at your successes, not your fail- 

Finally, after we are sure of the fact that God 
loves us and we love ourselves, we must learn to obey 
the commandment that God has given us to love 
others. He didn't say, "Love just the people your own 
age, your own financial position, others that belong 
to GBC or your local WMC." 

How does your family know that you love them. 
You show them, right? You tell them, right again? It 
is the same with showing the love of God to others. 
You must tell them of Christ's redeeming love and 
show the love by Christian fellowship. 

God's love should be in perpetual motion. His love 
reaches out to you and the flow should not stop 
there, but should reach out to others who will in turn 
return your love and also love God. If others don't 
continue to flow, don't let it stop with you. Some- 
times it takes others as long to learn as it took for us 
to learn. It could be a wonderful cycle if we but let it 
start with us. 

We have all learned the ABC's but we also need to 
master the ABC's of womanhood. Even though we 
realize God's love and care and ultimately return that 
love by giving to others, we must . . . 

their cohorts have tried to tell us the opposite via 
commercials for too many years and we have bought 
the image of supper getting itself. Then we really 
downgrade ourselves when the gravy isn't perfect or 
the stains just won't come out of the wash. 

MATCH FOR ANYTHING. Ephesians 3:12 says it 
this way: "Now we can come feariessly right into 
God's presence, assured of his glad welcome when we 
come with Christ and trust in Him" (LB). You need 
not feel alone, because God is there too. 

CELEBRATE DAILY. If you love yourself, even 
secretly, for your ovm accomphshments, there will be 
some reason for you to celebrate. If well, thank God 
for your health. If sick, thank the Lord for the fact 
you're not in the hospital. If in the hospital, thank 
the Lord for one more breath to praise His name. 
Your celebrations need not be lavish in display or 
even noticeable to others if that is your choice, but 
conquer winter's drudgery and make today a cele- 
bration for yourself. Remember God loves you . . . 
that should be reason enough! 

february '79 

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Linda Hoke 

Who says parallel lines never cross. Mathe- 
matically speaking, the fact may be accurate, 
but recent experiences in my personal life in- 
dicate that at certain times parallels do inter- 
sect. Another saying states that "east is east 
and west is west, and never the twain shall 
meet." While Indiana may not be truly west, 
it is west of Pennsylvania and it is surprising 
how close the two have become. 

As indication that the world may be get- 
ting smaller and smaller, my mailbox con- 
tained a very interesting letter from a new 
friend of mine the other day. I was con- 
vinced again that the Lord uses others as a 
source of encouragement to His children. My 
new friend related quite well to the "Home- 
spun" of several months ago because her 
family also was in the throes of the building 

The parallels between our individual situ- 
ations were so numerous giving me a strange 
sensation upon first reading of the letter. 
But upon further perusing of the note, I 
realized the Lord had allowed me to write 
that article for a reason, and in turn had en- 
couraged Marcy to write to me. 

OurUves as Christians have many parallels. 
We have a common goal of being with our 
Saviour eternally and serving Him in the 
meantime. Daily we meet the same tempter, 
and struggle with identical insufficiencies of 
self, but we are not alone. 

Discouragement can come even to the 
strongest of Christians and impatience creeps 
in when our Lives move so slowly and seem- 
ingly halt at a most crucial moment. So it 
seemed with both of us at the time of writ- 
ing and subsequent with her reading of 
"Homespun." It isn't only building new 
homes that bring Christians together, but 
sharing a common illness, loss of loved ones, 
and other trials that are used to buOd us up 
in faith when the emotional life has hit a low 

Isn't it neat at those times, however, to 
know the Lord knows where we are, under- 
stands our human frailties and can place a 
person never met before in the place of en- 
couragement. My daily walk is not unique, 
but it's mine and so it has some importance 
to me. In relating experiences through this 
column, I know I'm not the only one to go 
through such circumstances and hope that 
others can relate to the experience in the 
same way as did Marcy Fahnestock. I don't 
always hear from readers, but this time I did 


L£ — ^^^^ — ^d 

— Our prayer chairman divided us into groups- 
one for each mission field. She also appointed a 
spokesman for each group. We were instructed to stay 
alert to information on "our country" and report 
these things to the spokesman who will bring them 
before the whole group during our prayer time at 
each WMC meetmg.-Myerstown , Pennsylvania 

- Have a member or guest give an ethnic presenta- 
tion. Last fall a Navajo student prepared fry bread for 
the Woodville Grace Brethren WMC.-Ohio 

— Plan a surprise for each meeting. Example, 
demonstrations on how to make silk flowers, how to 
dry fruits and vegetables. Keep it secret until the 
meetings.— O/z/o 

— Correspond regulariy with missionaries. No 
better way to pray for someone than to know them 
personally. Meet a new missionary by mail at least 
each year. This suggestion pertains to individual ladies 
as well as each WMC group. 

- Try a covered dish dinner. With each casserole, 
the lady should bring a copy of the recipe and while 
eating and during fellowship, the recipes can be ex- 
changed.— Lawre/ Mountain, Pennsylvania 

- Baby showers are plentiful but how about a 
.baby shower for the church nursery. Supplies could_,, 

be furnished and even time scheduled for nursery 
duty could be a gift— Grafton, West Virginia 

and what a joy to know that someone else 
experienced the same feelings 1 have had. As 
a result, she can pray for me and I for her 
and, though we've never met, I have a new 

Could you be a source of encouragement to the 
readers of "Homespun"? Share with other Chris- 
tians the way in which the Lord has enriched your 
life through everyday occurrences. Send each 
article of 200-250 words to Mrs. Linda Hoke, 
Route 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, Indiana 46580. 

february '79 

Scripture Verse: Ephesians 4:32 

A Children 's Story 

The Eleventh Street Gang is All Heart 

Carolann Oswald 

The children on Eleventh 
Street were getting tired of 
winter. It was becoming a 
chore to pull on boots, mit- 
tens and heavy coats then 
trudge around in the slush that 
had once been sparkHng white 
snow. The snowman was 
slouching in the field and most 
of his buttons had fallen off. 
The sky was a gray blanket 
that hung over drippy snow no 
longer good for sledding. 

When the children gathered 
in the field to decide what 
they would do with the first 
Saturday in February, every- 
body was in a pretty dreary 

"Boy," sighed Casey, "what 
a bore. What are we going to 
do today?" 

"I don't know," muttered 
Erin, "it sure is gloomy." 

"February," pouted Tim, 
"whoever invented February." 

"Lots of things happen in 
February, you guys," said 

"Yeah? Well, name one," 
challenged Lawrence. 

"Ground Hog's Day, that's 
one," announced Herbert who 
had just skidded to a stop in 
his pretend jet. "My little 
brother was bom on Ground 
Hog's Day." 

"Big deal!" Tim retorted. 
"What's so special about being 
born on Ground Hog's Day?" 

"I don't know, but maybe 
it explains why he is always 

buried in his covers every 
morning," giggled Herbert. 

"Oh, Herbert!" everybody 

"I remember something 
special about February. It is 
the month we celebrate 
George Washington's birthday. 
George Washington was the 
father of our country. I Uke 
George Washington!" Erin ex- 

"And I know another 
special day," sang Casey. "Val- 
entine's Day." 

"Hey, Herbert, what kind 
of valentine are you going to 
give your girlfriend this year?" 

"Oh yuk, Lawrence! Thfe 
only girl who's getting a valen- 
tine from me is my mother 
and I'm giving her a purple 

"A purple heart?" the chil- 
dren all squealed. "Why a 
purple heart?" 

"Well, 'zroom, zroom'," 
Herbert called while revving 
up his pretend jet, "the other 
night I heard my dad tell my 
mom she deserved a purple 
heart, so I'U give her one. 
This is, 'zroom' flight 895 
awaiting clearance for take off 
. . ." and Herbert stretched 
out his arms while running full 
speed down the sidewalk. 

"Why don't we do some- 
thing nice for somebody in 
our neighborhood?" Erin sug- 

"Who?" Monica wanted to 

"Well," Erin hesitated, 

"there's Mrs. McQuigg." She 
closed her eyes waiting for 
what she knew was coming. 

All together the other chil- 
dren shouted, "Mrs. 

"No way," Lawrence said 
flatly. "Last fall I accidently 
stepped off the sidewalk onto 
her yard and she chased me 
with a broom." 

"Yeah," Casey agreed. "I 
think she is mean enough to 
cast spells on people." 

"I think Erin's idea is a 
good one," Monica said. "It is 
true that Mrs. McQuigg is 
mean and we are aU afraid of 
her, but maybe nobody has 
ever done anything nice for 
her so maybe she thinks every- 
body else is mean, too." 

"Come on, you guys," 
pleaded Erin, "help us come 
up with a plan for doing some- 
thing really neat for Mrs. Mc- 
Quigg. Ephesians 4:32 says we 
should be kind." 

So the gloomy February 
Saturday turned into a busy 
one as the children began to 
plan their surprise for Mrs. Mc- 

The girls were going to bake 
cookies and make candy. The 
boys were to design and make 
a box for the goodies. They all 
would help make a card each 
one could sign and, of course, 
they would include a special 
tract about God's love and an 
invitation asking Mrs. McQuigg 
to come to church to worship. 

Herbert landed in time to 

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help. He suggested the box 
should have wings so it would 
look like an air mail package. 
So, the red box with pink and 
white hearts also had shiny 
silver foil wings. 

The girls brought heart- 
shaped cookies, fudge and 
some fruit all wrapped. Then 
the fun of filUng the box be- 
gan. The card was beautiful 
and each name was carefully 
signed under the Bible verse, 
Ephesians 4:32, and the invi- 
tation to church. 

The children waited until 
after supper on Valentine's 
Day Eve and then met at 
Casey's house. They crept 
quietly up to Mrs. McQuigg's 
porch and placed the box be- 
side the door. Then Tim rang 
the doorbell and they all ran 

toward the sidewalk where 
they crouched down to see 
what would happen next. 

Soon the porch hght 
bhnked on. Then the door 
opened slowly and Mrs. 
McQuigg looked down at the 
box. She carefully lifted it up, 
took out the card and went 
back inside. Soon the house 
was dark again and the chil- 
dren went home, each one 
wondering what Mrs. McQuigg 
would do with their gift. 

Not much was said about 
the box the rest of the week. 
But on Sunday it was Tim 
who noticed first. He ran into 
his Sunday school class and 
breathlessly shouted, "She's 
here, she's here, I saw her. 
Mrs. McQuigg is here!" 

It took the teacher, who 

had been making announce- 
ments, a httle time to get the 
excited children calmed down 
long enough to find out all 
about what was going on. 
Then she suggested it would 
be nice to invite Mrs. McQuigg 
to be their special guest in 
Sunday school for that morn- 

Monica, Erin, Lawrence, 
Casey, Tim, and Herbert hur- 
ried to find Mrs. McQuigg who 
was sitting alone in the back 
of the sanctuary. 

When they took her hands 
and invited her to be their 
guest, she smiled faintly, 
sniffed softly and blinked a 
tear from her eyes. 

It was very clear that the 
Eleventh Street Gang had 
made a special new friend. 

A Tribute to Jeanette Mohler 

The following thoughts were presented at the funeral 
service for Jeanette Mohler, wife of Rev. Paul Mohler. 
Rev. True Hunt, pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Uniontown, Pennsylvania, who paid the trib- 
ute, was one of the speakers at services in Grafton, 
West Virginia. 

Three words come to my mind when I reflect 
upon the many pleasant occasions of fellowship and 
service as I observed the life of Jeanette Mohler as she 
lived for and served her blessed Saviour. 

The first of these words is FAITHFUL. She was 
faithful in all areas of life and service. Faithfulness is 
an outstanding word as it related to her family to 
which she was devoted until her last day on this 
earth— all this through many adverse circumstances 
and discouragements— yet the Lord was glorified 
through her life and ministry. She was faithful to all 
accepted responsibilities in her local church as a 
pastor's wife as well as in the Allegheny District 
where she served so faithfully in many capacities on 
numerous committees and with the WMC and SMM. 

The second word coming to my mind is 
FAVORED. She was a friend of all who knew her, 
both young and old. An example come to my mind: 

many times as I served as director in our district 
youth camp 1 saw many young girls jump with joy 
because Mrs. Mohler was going to be their counselor! 
God favored her with a most pleasing personality, 
great compassion, an understanding attitude and a 
great desire to know more of God's Word and a 
genuine desire to impart it to others and did share 
with others most adequately upon every opportunity. 
Finally, 1 use the word FAITHFUL. This word 
also suits her life as she lived it out for the Lord. Her 
efforts were blessed of the Lord because she concen- 
trated on the application of her multiple virtues unto 
the Lord in her service througli Ufe. She did her work 
and assignments faithfully and effectually, accom- 
plishing what was expected of her and complimenting 
the work of others who worked so easily with her. 
Hers was a life dedicated to the glory of the Lord as 
she stood side by side with her husband in the minis- 
try and in the service of the Lord as she worked with 
others. She was a soul winner and an example to her 
family and to every congregation of which her hus- 
band was pastor. She will always be remembered as a 
faithful, favored and fruitful servant of her Lord and 
Saviour Jesus Christ. 

february '79 OO 


Biblical Literature Meeting 

Seven faculty members from Grace College 
and Seminary attended a joint conference 
sponsored by three scholarly societies in the 
field of Biblical studies- the American Acad- 
emy of Religion, the Society of Biblical 
Literature, and the American Schools of 
Oriental Research. Professors John Davis, Jim 
Eisenbraun, Weston Fields, Skip Forbes, Don 
Fowler, Robert Ibach and Brent Sandy joined 
with more than 1,000 international Bibhcal 
scholars in attending sessions selected from 
the several hundred scheduled meetings. 
Topics under consideration were related to 
archeological, Bibhcal and historial studies 
and comparative religion. Mr. Ibach, who is an 
associate trustee of the American Schools of 
Oriental Research, also attended the board 
meeting of that organization. 

West Point Glee Club Concert 

The West Point Glee Club from the United 
States MiUtary Academy in New York will 
present a concert in the Rodeheaver Audi- 
torium, Winona Lake, at 8 p.m. Friday, 
February 16. This is a part of the Grace con- 
cert series and is also in cooperation with area 
service clubs. 

With the Faculty 

Dr. Richard Dilling was one of 20 college 
physics teachers selected to participate in the 
recent four-day workshop on the science of 
sound held at Miami University of Oliio. The 
first session was held this fall and the second 
is scheduled for March 12-13. ... A sabbati- 

cal leave during the first semester of the 
1 979-80 academic year has been approved for 
Librarian Robert Ibach, Jr. He plans to com- 
plete manuscript work for a volume on Hesh- 
bon excavations, study in the area of church 
history, and visit some theological libraries 
on the East Coast. . . . Mrs. Yvonne Messner 
has been elected chairperson-elect of the 
Northeast District of the Indiana Association 
of Health, Physical Education and Recreation 
for 1 979. . . . Dr. Bruce Alcorn attended a 
special meeting in conjunction with the 
fourth Inventory of Computers in Higher 
Education. This is a research project being 
conducted by the University of Missouri— 
Rolla and funded by the National Science 
Foundation, to which he is a consultant. . . . 
Dr. Robert Mathisen and Prof. R. Wayne 
Snider attended the Conference on Faith and 
History held at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, 

Part-Time Faculty Members 

Dr. Dorsey Brause, who is associated with 
the Free Methodist headquarters, is teaching 
the course in Public Relations this semester. 
He is a graduate of Otterbein College with a 
Ph.D. from Ohio State University. Prior to his 
work in Winona Lake, he was associate aca- 
demic dean at Taylor University and dean of a 
community college in New York state. 

Mrs. Alice Wallace Petty, a Grace graduate 
with an M.S. degree from St. Francis College, 
is teaching Social Psychology. She currently 
works at Rochester, Indiana, at the occu- 
pational development center. 

>february '79 


Mrs. Robert Cover of Warsaw and Mr. 
Richard Gerber of Fort Wayne, Indiana, have 
joined the faculty as part-time teachers in the 
Modem Language Department. Mrs. Cover 
will teach the first two years of Spanish and 
Mr. Gerber will teach the upper-level courses. 

Concert Choir in California 

The Grace College Choir, under the direc- 
tion of Professor Don Ogden, toured Cali- 
fornia during the semester break. The group 
sang in churches and visited in schools during 
the 18-day tour. "His Image," a male quartet, 
accompanied the group. 

Sound Investment in Florida 

"Sound Investment," a choral-brass-rhythm 
group made up of eight singers, six brass and 
four rhythm traveled to Florida during 
January for concerts in churches and at Chris- 
tian schools. A performance was also given at 
Disney World. A Christian School Concert 
and Beach Concert, arranged by Rev. Gary 
Cole, were given at Ormond Beach, Florida. 
The group's repertoire consists of hymn ar- 
rangements and a variety of contemporary 
Christian music. The group's founder-director 
is Dave Melton, a senior music education and 
music management major from Warsaw, Indi- 

Art Gallery Exhibitions 

Senior Exhibit, Febmary 26 to March 16- 
The graduation senior art majors organize an 
exhibit of their own work. 

Photography II, March 26 to April 13- An 
exhibit of the work from the inaugural offer- 
ing of the new department course. Photog- 
raphy II. 

Juried Student Exhibition, April 23 to May 
1 1— A juried exhibit of the outstanding work 
in selected categories of student work from 
the college art department. 

The Grace College Art Gallery is located in 
North Hall on the corner of Kings Highway 
and Wooster Road. 

Project 790 Crossword 

1. Up until 1978 science classes were held in limited facili- 
ties in Hall. 

2. The Chairman of the Department of Natural Sciences is 
Dr. Jesse . 

3. If PROJECT 790 is going to be successful we 

must do our share. 

4. PROJECT 790 will eliminate all indebtedness on the 
new (2 words) on the 

Grace campus. 
5. Last year 

percent of our Alumni did 

not give to Grace Schools. 

6. 790 is the greatest fund-raising project 

ever attempted by the Alumni Association. 

7. George Washington said, "I cannot tell a " (Jimmy 

Carter said the same thing). 

8. A famous Henry. 

1 . The Association is currently coordinating a 

major fund-raising drive. 

2. A new has been constructed in the 

Warsaw-Winona Lake area providing necessary clinical 
facilities for our new Nursing Program. 

3. On November 10, 1978, Grace College was authorized 
by the State of Indiana to grant an associate degree in 

4. Chairman of the new Nursing Program at Grace is Mrs. 

5. All indebtedness on the Science Center will be elimi- 
nated (2 words) if PROJECT 

790 is successful. 

6. The next phase of the three-phase building program ap- 
proved by the Grace Board of Trustees in 1976 is a new 
(2 words) building. 

7. A famous Henry. 

8. Will you help make PROJECT 790 successful by con- 
tributing to this program? 

See page 38 for answers 

februarv '79 < 




Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

ANSWERS: Down (1) Philathea, 
(2) Humberd, (31 all, (4) Science 
Center, (5) seventy, (6) PROJECT, 
(7) lie, (8) Ron. Across (1) Alumni, 
(2) hospital, (3) Nursing, (4) 
Barbara, (5) next year, (6) Fine 
Arts, (7) Oh, (8) Yes. 

february '79 

THE DECEMBER 1978 HONOR ROLL is as follows: 

In Memory of : 

Mrs. Bertha Good 
Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Guthrie 
Mrs. Gloria Barrett 
James Gault, Sr 

Matthew Courtney Mayne 
R. Clyde Hoppes 
Mrs. Emma Kimpel 

In Honor of: 

Mr. and Mrs. James Cummins 
(25 th Wedding Anniversary) 

Given by : 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Kilgore 

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Larmon 

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Larmon 

Miss Evelyn Kohler 

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Kohler, Sr. 

Mrs. Vera J. Mayne 

Mrs. R. Clyde Hoppes 

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Kohler, Sr. 

Given by : 

Rev. and Mrs. Richard G. Messner 

To share words of "comfort" with someone in a time of sorrow, or to 
express your "best wishes" on some special occasion of joy, is one of the 
nicest things you can do. 

We will be pleased to speed your card of "sympathy," or of "congratula- 
tions," to a loved one, friend or family according to your instructions, im- 
mediately upon receipt of your gift in any amount to Grace Schools. 

Today, let them know you really care. Complete the form below and send 
with your check. The amount will remain confidential. 

Please mail this form with your contribution 

Date Amount enclosed $ 

Your name Telephone 

Your address 

City State Zip 


(Check one) 

D In Memory of_ 

D In Honor of_ 

n Your relationship to the one for whom the gift is given 




Mail to: 
Living Memorials, Grace College and Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 


Associate Degree in Nursing Offered 

A new educational phase will begin at 
Grace College in September 1979, when for 
the first time in the 31 -year history of the 
school a nursing major will be offered. 

Dr. Vance Yoder, academic dean, said the 
Indiana State Board of Nurse's Registration 
and Nursing Education has approved and ac- 
credited Grace College to begin an Associate 
Degree program in Nursing in 1979. The pro- 
gram will encompass two academic years and 
an eight-week summer term. The curriculum 
will include areas of the arts and sciences, 
Bible and nursing. 

Mrs. Barbara Woodring, who became 
Director of Nursing at Grace in 1977, stated 
that each nursing course will include oppor- 
tunities for students to provide patient care 
under the direction of college nursing faculty. 
The opportunities for the care will be ob- 
tained at the Kosciusko Community Hospital, 
Bowen Center for Human Services, Miller's 
Merry Manor, Home Health Care of Kosci- 
usko County, all located in Warsaw, and at 
Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. 

At the successful completion of the pro- 
gram the student will receive an Associate De- 
gree in Nursing and be eligible to write state 
licensure examinations to become a registered 
nurse. Due to the size and census in local 
health care facilities, the number of students 
to be accepted each September will be ap- 
proximately 20. The overwhelming interest 
expressed in a nursing program has already 
created a waiting list for September 1979, and 
apphcations are being considered for Septem- 
ber 1980. 

With funding provided by Mrs. Chester C. 
Cooley, of DaLite Screen Company, Warsaw, 
Indiana, Mrs. Woodring began studying com- 
munity needs in the fall of 1977 to determine 
the feasibility of developing a nursing pro- 
gram in this area. A second grant by Mrs. 
Cooley in 1978 enabled the continuation of 
the study and the proposal submitted to the 
state for the nursing program at Grace was ap- 
proved and accredited. Qualified faculty 
members are now being sought and specific 
curriculum development is continuing. 

Before coming to Grace, Mrs. Woodring, 
a registered nurse, served as associate profes- 
sor of nursing at Community College, Alle- 
gheny County, Pennsylvania. She received the 
R.N., Union Memorial Hospital (Baltimore); 
the B.S.N. , Grace College; M.S., St. Francis 
College; and the M.Ed., Johns Hopkins Uni- 


The graduate of the Associate of Arts 
Degree program in Nursing will be able 
to competently: 

1 . Meet eligibility requirements neces- 
sary for writing State Board Licens- 
ing Examinations. 

2. Utilize science and nursing prin- 
ciples in promoting health and pre- 
venting disease. 

3. Assume responsibility for planning, 
implementing and evaluating nurs- 
ing care in various health care 
agencies as a beginning R.N. 

4. Assist in meeting basic human 
needs of individuals with common 
health problems. 

5. Initiate and carry on purposeful re- 
lationships, utilizing communica- 
tion skills, with individuals and 

6. Utihze community resources in 
planning continuity of care. 

7. Identify the legal parameters within 
which an R.N. must function. 

8. Assume responsibihty for personal 
and professional growth. 


february '79 

as we go to press . . . 

The guest speakers at the Grace Brethren Church of Phoenix, Ariz., in December, includ 
ed Dr. Robert W. Thompson; Dr. W. Thomas Younger, President of Western Baptist College 
and Dr. Donald Launstein, President of Southwestern Baptist Bible College. The Christ- 
mas programs of Grace Christian Schools, operated by the Grace Brethren Church of Phoe 
nix, drew attendances exceeding 1,000. The school enrollment now numbers 360. Mark 
E. Malles is the pastor. 

Ministerial changes: Roger Mayes has arrived at Yucca Valley, Calif., from Myerstown, 
Pa. , to become pastor of this new desert community church. Sheldon Perrine has arrived 
at Hemet, Calif., to re-open the church there. Bernard Simmons has resigned at Sterlir 
Ohio, to become assistant to Pastor Jerry Young at Lititz, Pa. William Tweeddale has 
resigned at St. Petersburg, Fla. , and has begun his ministry as pastor of the Penn Val 
ley Grace Brethren Church, Telford, Pa. Warren Tamkin completed his ministry at Elizs 
bethtown. Pa. ,and is now pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, Hatboro, Pa. Darrel Ande 
son resigned at La Loma Grace Brethren at Modesto, Calif., and has moved to Stockton, 
and is endeavoring to gather a nucleus with which to begin a Brethren church there. 

National Conference is just six months away! The GBC Christian Education Convention 
will be incorporated as a part of this year's conference, and the dates are August 
12-18. The conference will be held at the St. Petersburg Hilton on the Bay Hotel, 
333 First Street South, St. Petersburg, Fla. 33701. Special rates are being offered — 
make your reservations with the hotel as soon as possible. (Motel, trailer parking 
and camping information is available from the Grace Brethren Church, 6300 62nd Ave. 
North, Pinellas Park, Fla. 33565.) 

The 1979 Grace Brethren Annuals have been mailed. If you have not yet received a copy 
and would like to, please write to the Herald Co. requesting one. 

The church at Irasburg, Vt. , is progressing nicely, and 20 are enrolled in the A.C.E. 
Christian School it sponsors. Founding Pastor Jim Hunt requests prayer for the work 
at Island Pond, where an authoritarian cult has also established itself. 

Sterling, Alaska, has been selected as the area for the fourth Brethren Church in 
the soon-to-be-formed Arctic District! 

New York (EP) — Reader's Digest is planning to try its famed talents for condensing 
books on another major work — the Bible. One Digest editor said the project will 
involve "just a reduction in length, like any of our condensations. You simply take 
out what you can, without distorting what the author meant. Only in this case, the 
author had more stature than most." The magazine has chosen the Revised Standard 
Version (RSV) for its condensation work. Attorneys for the periodical and for the 
Division of Education and Ministry of the National Council of Churches, which holds 
the copyright for the RSV, are working out details of a contract. 

Wheaton, 111. (EP) — A new comprehensive directory, listing virtually every evangel- 
ical or Christian magazine — nearly 
1,500 of them — is now in the final 
stages of completion here. The new 
"1979 CIS Guide to Christian Per- 
iodicals" is being edited by author/ 
scholar Dr. Ed Reese of Hyles-An- 
derson College. 


"ir ir 

Reflections By Still Waters 

Spring, the Hope of Better Things 

There are very few things as 
welcome as a spring seed cata- 
log, new buds on the trees, or 
a robin who leads his family 
home from their winter vaca- 
tion in Florida. All of these 
are telling us winter-bound 
Hoosiers: there is hope. 
Chicago seemed to be this 
winter's number one choice 
to be visited most often and to 
be most blessed. Last year it 
was Buffalo, New York, that 
was so blessed. But, winter 
never seems to want to lodge 
in the same area every year, so 
a new capital is estabhshed 
from time to time. 

The newscasts tell us 
Chicago has set a new record 
for snow depth this year, and 
the figures are going up daily. 
What makes all of this espe- 
cially bad is that Chicago must 
face this without the help of 
former Mayor Daley. He 
would have come forth to 
soothe the populace, telling 
them all would be well-Chica- 
go would rise again. But 
Mayor Daley is gone, and he is 
missed. To show you how 
times have changed, the 
governor of Illinois flew to 
Chicago, declared the area a 
disaster, and flew off with 
his family to Florida. This 
makes him sound like one 
of the smarter politicians for 
which he deserves some credit. 

But it will soon be over and 
spring will come to the Mid- 

Charles W. Turner, Editor 

west. The bright sunshine 
will make the grass turn green 
and the trees will break out 
with new leaves. Yes, hope is 
the substance which brightens 
our todays, and encourages us 
for our tomorrows. Spirituahy, 
this is also very true. The Bible 
uses the word hope over and 
over again. The very words 
"without hope" brings the 
most solemn of warnings. 
"Without Christ, there is no 
hope," is one of the saddest 
statements in ah of history. 
But with Christ, and with 
hope, is the most positive of 

Hope is called the anchor of 
the soul. For without hope 
there would be times when the 
negative factors of life would 
overrun the Christian and send 
him into utter despair. When 
the light is shining at the end 
of the tunnel, and you are 
moving towards 
that light. 

there is hope and encourage- 
ment to go on towards the 
light. There must be thousands 
of Christians who would com- 
pletely give up without hope. 
Sickness of body that drains 
the emotional and physical be- 
ing to the point of despair 
happens so very often with 
people. Yet their faith in God 
tells them there is something 
much better. Hope lightens 
the day when the experiences 
around threaten. 

So I, for one, am looking 
forward with hope. The im- 
mediate physical hope that I 
have is that the weatherman 
will become a bit more posi- 
tive, and the temperatures will 
move up. Maybe a pioneer 
robin will show up. Then the 
plum tree on my patio will 
turn purple, and the signs of 
spring will be here. 

But my greater hope rests in 
God. The Scriptures keep our 
focus on the main issues of 
tmie and eternity and there is 

the hope of a greater victory 
to come through God. The 

ultimate will be an eternal 
spring of hope in God's per- 
fect eternity, where we, 
who are His, will enjoy 
the fulfillment of a 
perfect place with a 
perfect God and a per- 
fected self. That is the 
hope that anchors the soul to- 
day and makes us look for- 
ward to a perfect eternity. 

Cover photo: Camerique, Blue Bell, Pa. 



MARCH 1944-35 Years Ago 

Listed under the topic "Ready To Go" to 
the foreign fields were Mr. and Mrs. Nile 
Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Balzer, Rev. and 
Mrs. Wayne Beaver, and Mi. and Mrs. 
Chauncey B. Sheldon. . . . The Bible Coach 
is now 25 years old in its service to Argen- 
tina and needs to be retired. . . . Rev. 
Charles Mayes resigned from West Tenth St., 
Ashland, Ohio, to go to Pasadena, CaUf. . . . 
News that Dr. J. C. Beal had gone to be with 
the Lord had come to the Herald. 

MARCH 1 964- 1 5 Years Ago 

The James Gribble Memorial High School 
has been dedicated in the Central African 
Repubhc. . . . Dr. R. Paul Miller went to be 
with the Lord. . . . Construction continues 
on the new residence hall and dining facility 
at Grace Schools. 

MARCH 1974-5 Years Ago 

David Miller has accepted the call to the 
Warsaw, Ind., Grace Brethren Church. . . . 
The division Sunday school winners were 
Columbus, Ohio; Myerstown, Pa.; Radford, 
Va.; Warsaw, Ind.; Lakewood, Calif; Johns- 
town (Riverside), Pa., and Berne, Ind. 


Volume 41 Numbers March 1979 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 

Artist, Jane Fretz 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 

Knute Larson. Foreign Missions: Rev. John 

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Dear Reader, 

Since many of the readers of the Herald may be new and not quite 
as famihar with our Fellowship as others, we want to give you some in- 
formation. As you read through the Herald you will note certain sym- 
bols and words at the top of the pages. These markings inform you of 
the source of the material. They are as follows: 

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Brethren Church (FMS) 

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I trust this information will be a guide to you and you will learn 
more about these very important Christian organizations. 

Sincerely yours. 

Charles W. Turner 


march '79 


Steps out 
in Faith 

Paul Davis 

Member, Sadleback Valley 
Grace Brethren Church 

To the Brethren in Mission Viejo, 
Cahfomia, January 1 meant much 
more than just the beginning of the 
new year, for it also marked the 
first full day of self-supporting 
status for Saddleback Valley Grace 
Brethren Church. Very few new 
churches have taken root in their 
communities more rapidly than this 
growing body has. In less than 16 
months the Lord has brought it 
from the inaugural service on Sep- 
tember 18, 1977, to "self- 
supporting Sunday" on December 
31, 1978. In appreciation for help 
in getting started, the new church 
presented plaques to the Brethren 

Dr. Bob Thompson of the Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council 
(right) and Pastor Roy Halberg 
from the Grace Brethren Church 
of Long Beach (center), accept 
plaques from Pastor Milan 

Home Missions Council and Grace 
Brethren Church of Long Beach. 
Dr. Bob Thompson accepted the 
plaque for Brethren Home Missions 
and Pastor Roy Halberg represented 
the Long Beach church which, as 
far as finances go, was solely re- 
sponsible for planting the church in 
Mission Viejo. 

For more than 10 years Brethren 
Home Missions has yearned to see a 
Grace Brethren Church solidly 
established in Mission Viejo. So 
they were greatly interested when 
Milan Yerkovich committed himself 
to planting a home mission church 
and finally accepted this area as his 
specific mission field. Pastor Milan 

and his wife, Kay, moved into the 
community on August 1, 1977, and 
started a home Bible study with the 
support of several lay couples from 
the Grace Brethren Churches of 
Long Beach and Orange. Within 
seven weeks the Bible study 
blossomed into a promising Uttle 
church holding its first service at a 
local elementary school. 

Before long the nice httle school 
was beginning to seem more httle 
than nice! Separate rooms were not 
available for Sunday school classes. 
Most of the space that the church 
was authorized to use was in one 
big multi-purpose room— complete- 
ly unsuitable for young children's 

United in Clirist 

Far right: 

Dave and Carol Larson and 

children Travis and Tracy 

After leading Tracy to the Lord, 

Kay (left) was also able to share 

the Gospel with Carol (right) 

-ir march '79 

The Grace Brethren Church in Mission Viejo, California 

classes. For awhile two classes 
would meet simultaneously in one 
room. When that didn't work out, 
every nook and cranny was put to 
use. One Sunday school class met 
on a stairway while another was 
crowded into the only passageway 
to the restrooms. It seemed that the 
time to re-locate had arrived. 

The weekly offerings, combined 
with the regular home mission's 
support, came to substantially more 
than the operating expenses at the 
school. So the church felt that the 
surplus would be well spent if it 
were used to lease a larger place un- 
til God would enable them to build. 
This plan held many advantages 

over the existing setup, such as: 
unlimited use during the week, 
more stability and permanence in 
the pubhc eye, and a great deal 
more usable space, to name just a 
few. But the constant influx of 
people and businesses into this 
growing area caused the demand for 
buildings to exceed the supply. A 
better location was simply not 
available. The space problem was 
resolved, in part, by moving some 
classes to nearby homes, but an- 
other matter still had to be dealt 

The Lord was providing enough 
through the offerings to cover all 
the expenses of the church, so a de- 

cision had to be made about how to 
use the home mission's support. 
The door had apparently been 
closed on the search for a better 
rental facility, and starting a build- 
ing project was out of the question. 
In this high-priced area, buying 
enough land to meet the needs of 
the future is impossible by human 
standards, even with the aid of 
Brethren Home Missions. With 
these things in mind, the right 
course of action seemed obvious to 
the new church. They voted to free 
their home mission's support for 
another new work and depend 
upon God's eagedy awaited timing 
and provision to build. 

While Saddleback Valley Grace Brethren Church witnessed their 
financial separation from Brethren Home Missions, a spiritual re- 
union was also taking place. The Dave Larson family of Mission 
Viejo, California, became complete in the Lord with Dave's public 
profession of faith in Christ. His wife, Carol, and children-Tracy 
and Travis, had made the same decision earlier. 

It all started when a strange character with the even stranger 
name of MUan Yerkovich moved his family into the neighborhood. 
It was not long before the Larsons had the pleasure of meeting the 
newcomer. "He just pushes himself right on you," says Dave, who 
goes on to explain that it was "in a nice way." The strangeness con- 
tinued as the Larson children began to pick up some curious talk 
about Jesus from the Yerkovich kids. Then Tracy came home with 
the amazing statement that she had asked Jesus into her heart with 
the help of Milan's wife, Kay. Carol wanted to find out what her children were talking about, and this led to an op- 
portunity for Kay to share the Gospel with her. In time she accepted the Lord as well, and Dave was surrounded. He 
held out for awhile, but you already know how the story ends. There were literal tears of joy in the congregafion on 
self-supporting Sunday as those who had prayed for or witnessed to the Larsons from the beginning were privileged 
to see the last member of that family enter the Family of God. 

The Larsons and Milan Yerkovich (right) 

march '79 > 

already been saved, and to support the Christians in 
their efforts to win their kinfolk. This is what we call 
kinship evangehsm. 

When people find out that we are interested in 
their relatives they are very happy and thankful. It 
makes missionary work come alive for them. They 
want to get involved and they start witnessing and 
praying for the salvation of their brothers and sisters. 
Some have come to us and said, "Please hold a tent 
meeting at my house, I want my relatives to be 
saved." We then supply the tent, the electric genera- 
tor, chairs, PA system, and a preacher in order to sup- 
port the people in their witnessing effort. 

The witness of a relative is better than that of a 
missionary because the missionary will never get all 
the way across the cultural barrier. The language is 
difficult and the customs are strange. We do not 
understand the problems faced by the people out 
here. Most of us have never fought the battle against 
alcohol, but the Navajo person has. We do not under- 
stand the traditional rehgion enough to explain how 
it holds a person in fear and bondage, but the Navajo 
Christian can eloquently speak for Christ and against 


Mrs. Helen Blackie, an older Navajo woman who was 
saved at the Nageezi evangelistic meetings in 1975 

The ladies who meet at Johnson Chiquito's church 
made quilts as a project last fall 

Rev. Phil Lesko 

"He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith 
unto him. we have found the Messias" (John 1:41). 

In the rural area surrounding the Brethren Navajo 
Mission the Navajo people live in a close-knit group in 
which virtually all the members are related either by 
blood or by marriage. Their customs and language are 
different from ours and they see the white man as an 
enemy. How then can we evangelize these people for 
whom Christ died? Kinship evangelism meets the 
need and is working well. 

The principle behind kinship evangehsm is that 
people receive the Gospel best if it is preached by one 
of their own relatives. If it is preached by an enemy 
and a foreigner it will not be favorably received and 
will probably be totally rejected. The most effective 
means of evangelizing the Navajo people in our area is 
for us to follow up on the relatives of those who have 

the pagan reHgion in a way that makes his brothers 
and sisters see their need for salvation. He knows how 
to "scratch where it itches." What we need to do 
then, is to train and encourage our Navajo brothers 
and sisters in Christ so that they can witness and 
preach to their own kinfolk. 

We have a variety of activities that we use to do 
this. We hold Bible study classes, ladies meetings, tent 
meetings, home revivals, prayer meetings, and camp 
meetings. We stand behind the Christians with the 
Christian school, church construction, supply and re- 
pair of church equipment, cassette tapes of Scripture 
and songs, and Sunday school materials. We pick up 
people and take them to church services when they 
cannot get there with their own transportation. Be- 

march '79 

sides these helps we pray for them every morning in 
our staff devotional time. 

Kinship evangelism centers on individuals, names 
and faces. The missionary must develop close per- 
sonal ties with the Christian families in order to find 
out who their relatives are and what their attitudes 
are toward the Gospel. This involves time, since such 
relationships are not easily developed. But it pays off. 
There are now three churches out in the "back coun- 
try" and one in Red Lake, Arizona. All of these are 
family churches and we are busy supporting them in 
their outreach towards other members of the family 
group. We have come to see that the names are more 
important than the numbers. After all, God writes 
names, not statistics, in the Book of Life. 

You can see how the Lord works along family 
lines by looking at the progress that has been made 
among the people in the Cedar Hill area. Lee TrujLllo 
was saved during the early days of the Brethren 
Navajo Mission and has been faithful in holding meet- 
ings, picking up people for the services and encourag- 
ing them to accept the Lord as their Saviour. His 
main labor has been among his own kin group. His 
sister, Joanne, was saved and some of her children 
also. About six years ago his older brother was 
brought to Christ after many years of witnessing. Last 
year his brother Robert was saved. Just this past 

summer Robert's stepson Billy was led to the Lord by 
Lee's son John. These people along with other mem- 
bers of the kinship group comprise the Cedar Hill 
Grace Brethren Church. 

In-laws are an important part of the kinship group. 
Lee's oldest son, John, is married to a girl from Red 
Lake, Arizona. Her parents and many of her 13 
brothers and sisters are saved and have a church near 
their home. Several years ago we visited them to see 
what a Navajo church was like and to help them with 
their Vacation Bible School program. Through this 

contact and the marriage connection with the Mission 
they ended up joining the Fellowship of Grace Breth- 
ren Churches. We are helping them to evangelize their 
relatives by supplying a church planter— John TrujUlo, 
and a tent, generator, chairs, and so forth. 

Sometimes the web of kin relationship is very 
comphcated. Wallace Costillo and his family were 
saved through the efforts of a Baptist preacher over 
10 years ago. We helped Wallace in his witnessing ef- 
forts from time to time by holding Bible studies, VBS 
programs, and by helping with evangelistic meetings. 
Our visitation efforts also contacted his kin group. 
About six years ago Wallace's wife's sister and her 
husband, Johnson Chiquito, were led to the Lord by 
John Trujillo, during a time of personal tragedy. The 
missionaries at the Brethren Navajo Mission then used 
to pick up Johnson's family and bring them to church 
every Sunday. Every year for the past five years we 
have helped Wallace and Johnson to hold a camp 
meeting at Johnson's house. Their wives' brother 
Tom has been saved, and last year their sister-in-law 
Hettie was saved and had us sponsor a revival at her 
house. This past spring Johnson asked us to help him 

John Trujillo 

baptizing Hettie 

Harrison, a 

member of 


Chiquito's church 

at Day Mesa 

Nageeze Christians 
and some of their 
relatives who showed 
up for the Christmas 
service in 1975 

with a church at his house so that his own brothers 
and sisters would have an opportunity to hear the 
Gospel and be saved. We are now nearing completion 
of this church building. Our missionaries have been 
helping the folks with a ladies' meeting also. We are 
glad for the contacts that the kinship evangehsm 
process is giving us. Through it we have an open door 
to visit and witness to people that otherwise would 
not be receptive to our message. 

Please pray with us for the Navajo people, the 
Christians and their relatives. We are trusting the 
Lord for a bountiful harvest among the churches. We 
have people of all ages and lots of children. Satan is 
working hard to defeat our efforts and to keep the 
Navajo people in darkness, but our God is the creator 
and ruler of the entire universe and we know that He 
can deliver the Navajo people from sin and set them 
free. " 

march 79 

Students from Bob Jones 
University who have helped 
with Aiken's Grace Brethren 
Church's beginnings: (left to 
right) Randy Senior and Mr. 
and Mrs. Bob Fetterhoff 

Aiken: ,■ 

Jim and Barbara Rosser 
with daughter, Bethany Joy 

Steve Taylor, pastor 









of Aiken's 
model plans 




"Call unto me, and I will answer 
thee, and show thee great and 
mighty things, which thou knowest 
not" (Jer. 33:3). 

As the new year entered, the 
members of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Aiken, South Carolina, 
could attest to God answering and 
fulfilling this promise. In the four 
years since they had become a 
Brethren Home Missions point, this 
verse had been claimed again and 
again. This year, 1979, is to be 
eventful for the over 100 members. 
The church is now self-supporting. 
Within the year the congregation 
expects to move into their newly 
constructed church building. 

They could look back to Novem- 
ber of 1974. God's promise in 
Jeremiah was clearly in the minds 

of three families newly transferred 
to Aiken, South Carolina, from 
Mansfield, Ohio. They had been 
meeting for Bible study in the 
home of Mr. and Mrs. James 
Rosser. They had contacted the 
Brethren Home Missions Board con- 
cerning starting a work in Aiken. In 
this they were encouraged by 
Pastor Marion Thomas, then in 
Anderson, South Carolina, and 
other Brethren in the Atlanta area. 
The Lord opened for them the pos- 
sibility of holding services in the 
community playhouse. The build- 
ing could seat abnost 200 people, 
the tenns were reasonable, and the 
buOding was centrally located. 
Weekly services started in 1975 
with about 12 to 15 in attendance. 
Bob Fetterhoff and Randy Senior 

Above: The Aiken Grace 
Brethren Church congrega- 
tion in front of the Aiken 
Community Playhouse— the 
present meeting place for 
the church 

Progress on the Aiken church 

(both now at Grace Seminary) 
traveled from Bob Jones University 
in Greenville, South Carolina, to 
help out. 

The need for permanent church 
leadership was seen. After a visit in 
February of 1975, Steve Taylor and 
liis wife, Pat, were called to serve 
this mission church. They arrived in 
June 1975 to their Southern home 
from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 
where Steve had been the assistant 
pastor of the Lancaster Grace 
Brethren Church. Both Pat and 
Steve are native Southerners (Vir- 
ginia and Florida), and quickly ad- 
justed to the region. 

Pastor Steve worked closely with 
the regional home mission repre- 
sentative. Bill Byers, to develop a 
focus for the church. 

march '79 

Aiken is a small city of about 
30,000 people located less than an 
hour's drive from Augusta, Georgia, 
and Columbia, South Carolina. It is 
a growing area of the new South. 
Some of the new arrivals were look- 
ing for the fellowship of other evan- 
gelical Christians in a church where 
the Bible is faithfully taught and 
preached. Visitors, and later mem- 
bers, came from Ohio, New York, 
Pennsylvania, North Carolina, 
Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and 
California. Some were familiar with 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches beforehand, and others 
were not. A number of local people 
were also attracted to the warm 
Christian fellowship. Numerical 
growth has been particularly evi- 
dent in the Sunday school where a 
number of Grace Brethren Sunday 
school banners have been won. At 
the other end of the age spectrum, 
Aiken retirees have been in evi- 

A welcome addition were several 
students from Columbia Bible Col- 
lege each Sunday. For over three 
years they have traveled the 60 
miles to Aiken, only to return late 
that evening after services. They 
have assisted the spiritual growth of 
the congregation and participated 
in teaching classes and visitation. 
Steve Roediger and family moved 
to Aiken after graduating from 
CBC. He and his wife, Mary, have 
been led to assist Pastor Steve as 
they train for future Christian 

Great and wondrous things . . . 
which they knew not, has been the 
rule in the building program too. 
The members were led to construct 
their building "debt free." In the 
process there has been considerable 
answered prayer and spiritual "eye 
opening." A large 15.54 acre 
wooded plot was purchased in 
1976. With the assistance of two 
architects among the members, the 
building plans were completed in 
1977 and the area around the site 
cleared of trees. The ground- 
breaking ceremony was in April 
1978. By the end of that year the 
concrete walls of the building were 
completely erected. As they con- 
template occupancy of the build- 
ing, there is gratefulness for the as- 

sistance of other Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches and in- 
dividuals in many parts of the U.S. 
As an example, in the spring of 
the last two years a caravan of 
young people from the Bethel 
Brethren Church of Osceola, Indi- 
ana, has visited Aiken and helped 
work on the property. Spiritual les- 
sons have also been learned during 
trials with Httle, irritating things at 
the Aiken playhouse: like inade- 
quate heating in the winter, cooUng 
in the summer, setting up each 
week and sometimes canceling serv- 
ices to accommodate playhouse 
schedules, and so forth. 

Of greatest importance, how- 
ever, is the spiritual growth of the 
members. Though there have been 
trials, there have also been periods 
of great rejoicing. Paramount, has 

been growth by the salvation of 
visitors, children and other loved 
ones. Fine baptismal services have 
been held in a neighboring Christian 
chapel. Communion services and 
prayer meetings have been held in 
the homes of the members. Regular 
men's prayer breakfasts and ladies' 
Bible studies have been held. All of 
this has been a great blessing to the 

Aiken is a convenient mid-point 
stop in the trip from the Midwest 
or North to Florida. Pastor Steve 
and the congregation invite all of 
you to stop by for visiting and serv- 
ices if you are passing through. 
They would enjoy getting to see 
you this way and will make you 
welcome in the true South Carohna 

Y'all come . . . Vhear! 






^t's Corner 

Return on Investment 

Larry N. Chamberlain 

When a company buys some new equipment, it is generally ex- 
pected that over a number of years the new equipment will yield a 
"return on investment" (ROl, for short). It is hoped that the ROl will 
be profitable enough to justify the cost of the new equipment. New 
equipment proposals are often "ranked" in order of highest to lowest 
returns, with appropriate risk factors assigned to each proposal. The 
best proposal will generally be that which has the highest return with 
reasonable associated risk. 

1 cannot help but think of the expensive investment our Heavenly 
Father has made in us, "For you have been bought with a price" (1 
Cor. 6:20). The price tag was immeasurable, identified by Peter as 
"the precious blood of Christ" (1 Peter 1:19). Theoretically, one 
could argue that God's investment decision was not based on an "ac- 
ceptable" ROl formula, for His investment was made at the highest 
cost and with much associated risk. God's decision, however, was 
based entirely on factors rarely considered in modern investment 
theory: love and grace. 

When you give to Brethren Home Missions, you have a right to ex- 
pect a good return on your investment. The board of directors of 
Brethren Home Missions meets twice a year, making major decisions 
as to where we should place your investment dollars. Each decision 
is based on a number of factors, all weighed carefully, but the primary 
factor is to place your investment doUar where it will offer most ef- 
fectively the highest ROl anywhere possible— that of reaching m.en 
and women, boys and girls for Christ. 

march '79 < 

Jewish M)ung People at 

Left: Mrs. Doyle Miller 
sharing with the chil- 
dren at Happy Hour 

Right: Jake is one of 
the children who 
attend the Jewish 
Mission's Happy 

Facing page : Ofira, 
Marlin, and Lisa- 
three of the teen-agers 
attending the Bible 
studies at Bet Emet 

Mrs. Doyle Miller 

It has been an exciting year with 
teen-agers here at Bet Emet (House 
of Truth). We have seen a soHd 
youth group grow from eight to 
eighteen to twenty. It is a precious 
sight to see the room full of Jewish 
young people seeking and asking 
questions pertaining to the Messiah. 
Three of the girls still want their 
Hebrew Bibles to read from. Wlien 
we read from the New Covenant, 
they just listen. From time to time 
we invite a Hebrew Christian to 
come and give testimony of his or 
her faith in Yeshua Ha Masheiach 
(Jesus the Messiah). Recently one 
of our Israeli girls, born in Tel Aviv, 
accepted the Lord. Her name is 
Ofira. We pray that her mother and 
father will follow. What a joy it 
was to pray with her. 1 was excited. 
She is special to me. She wants to 
be a doctor one day. 1 see a future 
missionary. She is yielded to what- 
ever God has for her. Her parents 
know that Jesus is the Messiah and 
they need to make a commitment 
and pray the sinner's prayer. She 
couldn't wait to tell her parents 
what she did. 

There is another girl, Lisa, whose 
father found out she was attending 
the Bible studies at Bet Emet and 

she is no longer permitted out of 
the house on Friday nights. Her 
parents are divorced. Her mother 
did permit her to attend. 1 pray 
that in the near future Lisa will be 
able to come back. These days are 
difficult for teens and the parents 
seem to appreciate what we are 
doing and there seems to be a real 

We are also excited about the 
Happy Hour for children from 
three years of age to twelve. Jake, 
is our soloist for many of our 
musicals. He is also a model and 
loves Jesus and learns his Bible 
verses well. Elizabeth is another 
special gal who plays the little girl 
on the David Cassidy series on tele- 
vision. Most of these little ones 
know Jesus. Their parents do not 
show much of an interest as yet. 
They feel that the most important 
thing is that their children get 
exposed to religion and then make 
their own decision. Dealing with 
the parents is not going to be easy, 
but with God all things are possible 
and what better way to reach them 
than through their children. 

One little neighbor boy, David, 
only attends Happy Hour once in 
awhile mainly because Hebrew 
school is also on Wednesday after- 
noons. He is a good friend of our 

son Todd. He often stays overnight. 
Many times David is here during 
devotions or prayer time but will 
not take his turn to pray. He likes 
to stay over on Friday nights and I 
usually say yes. After aO, he gets to 
hear the Bible lesson for the teen- 
agers and the testimonies of 
Hebrew Christians. In just three 
and one-half to four years he too 
will be a teen-ager and hopefully 
will attend our Bible studies. Just 
before bedtime, Todd, David, and 1 
knelt to pray. Todd said, "David, 
why don't you pray?" David re- 
marked, "I want to— I know what 1 
want to say but I don't know 
how." Todd gave hiin a few sugges- 
tions and soon it was David's turn, 
and there on his knees was a little 
Jewish boy praying for the first 
time: "Dear Heavenly Father, 
thank you that I could stay over 
with Todd and I pray that you will 
send sunshine tomorrow if you 
could. Amen." 

That little prayer was touching. 
He didn't close in "Jesus" name," 
but that was a beginning. Todd said 
the following day that later on that 
night David got on his knees again 
and prayed for sunshine. I'm very 
glad God decided to answer David's 
prayer for sunshine. The next day 
was a beautiful sunny day ; insignifi- 

Jmarch '79 

.Ml Mk Sk Ik iOt 

Bet Emet 

cant to us perhaps, but very 
important to our little Jewish boy 
who lives around the block. He is 

beginning to believe. I'm so thank- 
ful to be here on Kings Road in Los 
Angeles, as we share that Jesus is 
the King of kings, the almighty 
God. As we touch the lives of our 
neighbors, our earnest desire is that 
they might accept Jesus. 

Yacov, another neighbor and 
indeed Jewish, drops in daily to 
see us. We love Yacov. He doesn't 
want much to do with quote 
"religion." We invited him and his 
wife to our second annual Cha- 
nukkah/Christmas banquet, but he 
said "she won't come." "Why?" we 
asked. "Well, she doesn't hke the 
name of this place, Bet Emet 
(House of Truth), nor what you 
do." Yacov knows we share with 
people and do not force anyone to 
believe, and that you must have a 
relationship with God, and that is 
by and through Jesus. 

We really believe as folks join 
with us in prayer that these dear 
neighbors will accept the Messiah. 
It was indeed a miracle when 
Yacov, and yes, his dear wife, 

attended our banquet. She was 
quite nervous at first, but we saw to 
it that she was seated across the 
table from a dear Hebrew Christian 
from Beverly Hills who attends our 
Bible study. They made friends 
right away and she began to relax 
and saw that there were other 
Hebrew Christians there. This was 
new to her— that you could still be 
Jewish and believe in Jesus! Our 
speaker for the evening. Rev. 
Arnold Fruchtenbaum, a Hebrew 
Christian, began to speak on 
"Messianic Implications in 
Chanukkah." What an evening!! 
God blessed in such a great way and 
as Mr. Fruchtenbaum spoke, we 
prayed ever so earnestly for those 
dear, precious Jewish souls who 
were present and who did not yet 
believe that Jesus is indeed God. 

Thank you for your part in 
praying, and giving, that we might 
be here in Los Angeles sharing the 
Good News of Jesus Christ to the 
Jew first and now. 

Shalom, shalom. 


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Brethren Missions Building, Box 587. Kings Highway Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

march '79 

THOMPSON, Florence, Dec. 27, La Loma Grace 
Brethren Church, Modesto, CaHf. 

news report 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 


Hagerstown, Md., April 8-15, Daniel Eshleman, pas- 
tor; Dr. Bernard Schneider, speaker. 
Lititz, Pa., April 6-8, Jerry Young, pastor; Dr. John 
C. Whitcomb, speaker. 

[Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the 

BAUMGARDNER, Ethel, Sept. 22, First Brethren 
Church, Johnstown, Pa. Charles Martin, pastor. 
BERGER, Bess. 86, Oct. 7, First Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, Pa. Charles Martin, pastor. 
BLOOM. Theodore. 63, Dec. 15, Vicksburg Grace 
Brethren Church, HoUidaysburg, Pa. Robert Griffith, 

BLOSSER, Charlotte, 87, Jan. 2, she was a charter 
member of North Riverdale Brethren Church, Day- 
ton, Ohio. Ted Hobert, pastor. 

BOWSER, Roy, 86, Nov. 13, Indiana Grace Brethren 
Church, Indiana, Pa. Robert Hooks, pastor. 
CANNON. William. 75, Jan. 8, First Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, Pa. Charles Martin, pastor. 
FLETCHER, Holmes, a faithful member of the Grace 
Brethren Church in Winchester, Va. Paul Dick, pastor. 
HUNT. Ross. 82, Jan. 3, a faithful member of the 
Conemaugh Brethren Church, Coneniaugli, Pa. The 
funeral was conducted by Pastors Don Rager and 
Marvin Lowery. 

RITCHEY, Sanford. 88, Dec. 29, Grace Brethren 
Church, Hopewell, Pa. Melvin VanOrman, pastor, con- 
ducted the funeral service and was assisted by Rev. 
Sheldon Snyder. 

Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest al- 
ways upon, these new families who join the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald readership. A six-month free subscription to 
the Herald is given to newlyweds whose addresses are sup- 
plied by the officiating minister. 

Lori Steele and William Dickerson, Grace Brethren 

Church of Bowling Green, Ohio. 

Glenda Deenier and Jerry Wineland, Dec. 16, Leon 

Brethren Church, Leon, Iowa. 

Marsha Dudding and Tom Harmon, Dec. 23, Grace 

Brethren Church, St. Petersburg, Fla. 

iioingc your annua 

DThe mailing address for the First Brethren Church 
of Whittier, CaUf., should be: P. O. Box 174, 90608. 

D A new church has been formed at Yucca Valley, 
Calif. It is the Grace Brethren Church, 6300 Ruth 
Dr., Yucca Valley, Calif. 92284. The phone number 
is: 714/365-3005. Pastor Roger Mayes is leading the 
new group. 

D On page 74 of the 1979 Anmial, the phone num- 
ber of the Grace Brethren Church of Hopewell should 
be 814/695-3855. The pastor is Melvin Van Orman, 
and his address is Rd. 2, Box 477, Duncansville , Pa. 
16635. (Phone number same as church.) 

n On page 77 of the 1979 Atmiial, Calvin B. Fulton 
should be listed as the pastor of the Gospel Brethren 
Church, Roanoke, Va. Also, the church secretary 
should be: Mrs. Glenna Minter, RFD 2, Salem, Va. 
24153. (Tel. 703/989-3245.) 

Michael Blakley, 1836 Choyce Circle, Charlotte, N.C. 
28210. n Randall Maycumber, 8575 Covington- 
Bradford Rd., Covington, Ohio 45318. D Robert 
Kern, Rd. 1, Box 240 C, Myerstown, Pa. 17067. D 
Richard Rohrer, 150 Mullioland Dr., Ripon, Calif. 
95366. DRon Thompson, R. 11, Box 162 Z, Robin 
Hood Circle, Roanoke, Va. 24019. 

D By vote of the congregation, the First Brethren 
Church in Winchester, Va., will be now known as the 
Grace Brethren Church, announced Paul E. Dick, pas- 

D The Grace Brethren Church in Roanoke, Va., re- 
cently staged a Sunday school workshop at Natural 

march '79 


Bridge Hotel, Natural Bridge, Va. Sunday school staff 
members gathered for a kick-off dinner on Friday 
night, continuing sessions on Saturday morning. 
Workshops were led by Mr. Larry McCuUough, direc- 
tor of Christian Education by Extension (C.E.E.) at 
Columbia Bible College, Columbia, S.C., as well as by 
Mr. Odell Minnix and Mr. Doug Kingery, Sunday 
school superintendent and assistant superintendent, 
respectively. Other sessions were under the direction 
of Rev. Kenneth L. Teague, minister of outreach, and 
Dr. Bob Collitt, pastor. 

The goal of Grace Brethren's Sunday school for 
the year is "229 in '79," which would be the highest 
yearly average ever experienced by this church. 

DNashvUle, Tenn. (EP)— A national survey by the in- 
terdenominational Christian Bible Society states that 
98 percent of all U.S. homes have at least one Bible. 
Some 3 1 percent of all families said they had at least 
one member engaged in regular Bible study. However, 
the survey states 56 percent of Roman CathoUcs, 
26.5 percent of Protestants, and 54.8 percent of Jews 
responded they don't read the Bible at all. 

The number of Protestants who don't read the 
Bible at all ranged from a low of 14.5 percent of 
Pentecostals to 33.7 percent of Presbyterians to a 
high of 49.5 percent of Episcopalians. 

Conducted by the National Family Opinion, Inc., 
the survey was carried out among 5,000 families dur- 
ing Oct. 1978. The study was commissioned by the 
Christian Bible Society to obtain information on 
Bible reading and study habits, Bible preferences and 
Bible ownership. 

D Princeton, N.J. (EP)— The Jonestown, Guyana, 
tragedy was the most widely-known event of 1978, 
according to a Gallup poll. The poll showed that a re- 
markable 98 percent of Americans were aware of the 
mass suicides and murders among members of the 
People's Temple cult. 

According to pollster George Gallup, few events 
in the entire 43-year history of the poll have been 
known by such a high percentage of the Ainerican 
public. Among these few were the attack on Pearl 
Harbor in 1941, and the dropping of the atomic 
bomb in Japan in 1945. 

D Washington, D.C. (EP)- "Pro-Life" and "Pro- 
Choice" groups converged on Washington dramatizing 
the controversy begun six years ago when the U.S. 
Supreme Court ruled that abortion in the first six 
months of pregnancy was a constitutional right. The 
right has become increasingly bitter and this year's 
activities noting the anniversary of the court's deci- 
sion showed the divisions sharply. 

The National Organization for Women (NOW) an- 
nounced that they had invited "Pro-Life" and "Pro- 
Choice" groups to a meeting Feb. 15 to discuss ways 
"to lessen the need for abortion, to reduce the inci- 
dence of unwanted and troubled pregnancies, and to 
end the increasing polarization and violence that sur- 

rounds this issue," said Eleanor Smeal, president of 

But Nellie Gray, president of the anti-abortion 
group March for Life, told a crowd at the U.S. Capi- 
tol estimated at anywhere between 10,000 to 60,000, 
"I do not sit down and negotiate with baby killers." 
Karen MuUiauser, director of the National Abortion 
Rights Action League, accepted the invitation. She 
said that "nobody is pro-abortion" but recalled her 
experiences counseling pregnant women who were 
"desperate, anguished." 

The Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights 
(RCAR), made up of 28 religious organizations which 
support the right of women to choose abortion, 
issued a statement opposing efforts to amend the U.S. 
Constitution to prohibit all abortions. 


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Belem : seaport 
and capital of ^^.^ ^ V^ 


Bill Burk and Earle Hodgdon 

In 1949, when pioneer missionary Keith 
Altig surveyed Brazil for the beachhead of 
Brethren Foreign Missions, the Amazon Valley 
was the largest unexplored area on the face of 
the earth. He took up residence in the city of 
Belem, the largest city of Amazonia and gateway 
from the Atlantic to the great river valley which 
boasts a thousand navigable waterways. 

The past three decades however, have wit- 
nessed the growth of highways crisscrossing this 
Amazon jungle. The first was the famous 
Belem -Brasilia Highway which brought south 
Brazil's trucks and produce all the way north to 
the Amazon River. The Trans- Amazon Highway 
has not only opened the vast jungle from east 
to west for agriculture and cattle raising, but 
has also exposed incredible mineral deposits 
which are already being mined. Another new 
but less pubhcized higlrway in the area is one 
that connects the capitals of two adjoining 
states, called by their names, the Para-Maranhao. 

Brazil— the largest nation in South America- 
is awakening socially, economically, and 
politically. It is the only Portuguese-speaking 
country in South America, yet almost one half 
the population of South America speaks Portu- 
guese and lives in Brazil. What tremendous 
opportunities and possibUities lie before Chris- 
tians as they consider the words of our Lord, 
"Look on the field for they are white already 
to harvest." 

The foreign missionary is free to travel un- 
hampered in all this area. There is almost no red 
tape or other restrictions controlling the move- 
ments of missionaries. Conditions such as this 
greatly hamper church planting activities in 
other countries. For this liberty, the mission- 
aries who work in Brazil thank God. 

The Federal government is already looking 
on North Brazil and spending vast sums of 

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A church located on the Para- 
Maranhao Highway 

money to develop and integrate that great 
Northern Frontier into the mainstream of the 

The political climate is also favorable 'to 
foreign missions. In the states of Para and 
Maranhao, and the Federal Territory of Amapa, 
the Brethren church is at work. In these areas, 
very little anti-American or anti-missionary 
expression exists. As a rule, the missionary can 
count on the cooperation of local authorities. 
He does not live in fear of crime or violence 
beyond that found in his own stateside home- 

Further, the Belem-Brasilia Highway has 
brought the modem supermarket to the towns 
where most Brethren missionaries currently 
live. These cities have 24-hour electricity with 
typical American appUances— made in Brazil. 

This all brings about a population shift: 
people giving up their small subsistance farms 
and moving to the city in hope of finding a 
better Hfe and wanting to obtain a good educa- 
tion for their children. Wages are low for un- 
skilled labor, but a technician working in instru- 
mentation in the cement plant in Capanema, 
Para, for instance, makes about $600 per 
month. The growing middle class, continues to 
develop, mostly in the younger age brackets. 
These are people available for evangeUzation. 

Commerical building and domestic housing 
trades are booming. In the Coqueiro area of 
Belem there are vast subdivisions of "look- 
alike" houses. A gjrl from the Coqueiro Breth- 
ren Church who lives in one such area relates 
the experience of a gentleman who had hired a 
taxi to take him home. After driving around all 
evening in search of the correct house, he 
finally gave up without success. 

The city of Belem has a population of a 
mUlion and continues to be the center of Breth- 
ren missions in North Brazil. As capital city of 
the state of Para, the majority of our churches 

are here. The largest Brethren Church, how- 
ever, is across the Amazon River in the city of 
Macapa, Amapa. More recently the mission's 
witness has extended southward into the 
adjoining state of Maranhao. This later expan- 
sion is along the Para-Maranhao Highway that 
passes through a wUdemess just now giving 
birth to a growing number of towns. 

Since the beginning of the construction of 
the highway, Eddie and Eileen Miller have been 
superivising churches along this ribbon of con- 
crete. Earle and Dorothy Hodgdon have begun 
work along the highway and are assigned to the 
large city of Santa Inez. Other missionaries in 
church planting are Bill and Imogene Burk, 
working primarily along the Guama River and 
Icoaraci islands. George and Evelyn Johnson 
are involved in the extension Bible training of 
the pastors. 

Of the approximately one and a half dozen 
Brethren Churches in North Brazil, only three 
fully support a pastor. These are churches in 
Icoaraci, Macapa, and Castanhal. Ten addi- 
tional men continue to work for a living and are 
therefore considered lay pastors. Eight of the 
total are either licensed or ordained. 

The three oldest churches each has a mem- 
bership over one hundred, these being Icoaraci, 
Macapa, and Capanema. The membership of 
the remaining churches averages about 30 with 
a total of some 800 baptized Brethren in North 

All missionaries, Brazilian pastors, and lay 
leaders agree that personal evangelism is the 
principal factor responsible for bringing this 
country to the present point of development. 
Brazil is the second largest Brethren mission 
field in church membership. 

With a population moving cityward, old ties 
are being broken and new horizons are being 
seen. Many people are responsive to the 
message of salvation brought by a personal 

march '79 

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The Castanhal Church 

The Burks' home overlooking the Guama River 

ru-^ 00. 

evangelist going door to door, or by a new 
neighbor telling of the joy of sins forgiven. By 
these contacts families are frequently won to 

On the other hand, our pastors see the lack 
of trained personnel as one of the factors 
hindering greater church growth. Pastor Aldo 
Nunes of the Brethren church in Coqueiro has 
begun an extensive program of practical train- 
ing in personal evangelism among the young 
people of his church. The Macapa church is 
planning to begin outdoor mass meetings in the 
city and in surrounding communities. They 
have already begun a branch work in another 
area of the city under the direction of the lay- 
men of the church, many of whom are profes- 
sional men. 

The dynamic and growing youth program is 
another big plus. Starting years ago with a 
three-day retreat with just a few young people, 
the program has expanded. Bible quizzing, 
music competition, and organized sports are 
now included. A three-day retreat is scheduled 
in February and a full week of camp takes place 
in July. This year camp was divided according 
to ages, because the borrowed campground 
would not accommodate all the young people 
who wanted to come. 

The Brazilian Youth Committee has done all 
the program-planning and directing of the 
camps for the last several years with only minor 
suggestions and encouragement from the mis- 
sionaries. We praise the Lord for raising up 
capable personnel. The Youth Committee is 
now occupied with ways to keep the young 
people active and integrated in the whole 
church program during the entire year. 

The Lord has opened a door in North Brazil. 
Much is happening with a developing national 
leadership, a strong youth program, a healthy 
emphasis on church unity, and evangelism. But 

we need more helpers; men who are able to 
teach others the Word and prepare them to 
reach the unevangelized multitudes of North 
Brazil. Missionaries alone can never accomplish 
the task. A well-trained group of Brazilians 
must carry the burden of evangehzation and 
church planting. 

Looking to the future, the sky is blue with a 
hot sun beating down, but in the east there are 
clouds that threaten an afternoon downpour. 
Perhaps the next few years will determine the 
course in history in Brazil for the evangelical 

Demonic spiritism leaps forward rapidly in 
growth. It makes Jesus only another medium 
and salvation the result of many reincarnations. 

Catholicism and Pentacostahsm make justi- 
fication a result of God's work in a person 
instead of a result of faith in the work of Christ 
for the believer. A works-type salvation appeals 
to the natural man and is a constant danger. 

Also being very much aware of the sudden- 
ness with which foreign missions have been 
forced out of some countries, our society is 
making every effort to plant local churches of 
an indigenous nature that would be able to con- 
tinue to propagate themselves, should such 
happen in BrazO. 

This is a basic proposition of Brethren 
Foreign Missions to which its missionaries sub- 
scribe. It tempers the church planting strategy 
from the very first day of the missionary's 
presence in a new assignment. Furthermore, he 
is challenged to study the New Testament 
record of church planting for twentieth century 
application and is reminded to put his confi- 
dence and expectancy totally in the Lord God 
and in His Holy Word. 

"The entrance of thy words giveth light; it 
gjveth understanding unto the simple" (Ps. 


march '79 

go to School? 

Nora Macon 

"We'd better hurry or we'll be 
late for our interview!" 

"Have you gone to the doctor's 
office for your check up?" 

"This afternoon we're supposed 
to talk to Gordon about our slide/ 
tape presentation." 

"I wonder what this next class 
is going to be like?" 

"I have to read the book for my 
report by Thursday." 

"Have you seen Nora yet about 

your prayer card?" 

"Wasn't Jake Kliever's class 

"Have you heard how your 
dental X-rays turned out?" 

"Oh, we have to study for exams 

I heard these comments on 
many occasions during the two and 
one-half weeks they were here. Who 
are they? They were the students 
who were present at the Brethren 
Foreign Missions Candidate School 
in January. Who am I? My name is 

This is a story 
about France, 
Argentina, and 
ttie Central 
African Empire. 

But wliat it is 
mostly about is 
the Brethren 
Foreign Missions 

I 'm Saso, and I 
am here to tell 
you the story. 

Here I am standing 
with Rev. 
John Zielasko. 

I never was very 
photogenic. (IVlore 
useful than decorative, 
my mother used to say. 
And I have been sure 
used a lot these last 
few weeks.) 

This is one of the mis- 
sionary candidate 
training sessions. 

march '79 

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J5 & & & &. 

Saso, and I'm the lectum in the 
classroom where all of this has been 

It's not easy being a lectum. 
Everyone puts his papers, folders, 
briefcases, and even elbows on me. 
People tend to ignore me, but that 
has its benefits. I hear everything 
that is said. No one seems to 
mind that I Usten to their con- 
versations. For example, at the 
Candidate School I heard every 
class and session that took place. 
And they were great! 

Rev. John Zielasko, general 
director, led several sessions on 
missionary principles, strategy, 
policy, and church growth. In his 
classes the candidates learned con- 
cepts important to their future 

Conducting psychological assess- 
ments was Dr. David Wickstrom, a 
Christian psychologist who is also a 
part-time instructor at Grace 

Schools. The purpose of these 
inventories was for the enrich- 
ment of the students. 

Dr. Jake Kliever and Dr. Wayne 
Beaver, who were missionaries in 
Africa, presented excellent sessions 
on topics that concern missionaries 
on the field. Also, several of the 
Foreign Missionary Society staff 
members gave classes on subjects 
relating to their areas of responsi- 

A fascinating seminar was given 
by Mr. Kim Cone, a student and 
former instructor for Wycliffe Bible 
Translators and Grace Schools. His 
linguistic demonstration related to 
learning a new language. 

All of these informative meet- 
ings—and I got to hear each one. 
Even the evenings were busy. A 
fellowship time ended each day; 
several guest speakers, including 
Rev. Charles Ashman, Dr. Russell 
Barnard, and Rev. Ivan French, 

gave devotional studies. 

I have to admit, I did miss 
out on a few things. Dr. Peter 
N. Peponis, a Foreign Missionary 
Society board member and dentist, 
came one day and gave dental 
exams to the candidates and their 
families. A local dentist, Dr. 
Thomas D. VanOsdol, donated the 
use of his office to the Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society. 

Dr. Harold Mason, a missionary 
to the CAE, interrupted his busy 
schedule to give physical examina- 
tions to each of the students. Those 
candidates were always on the 
move— from doctor to dentist, 
classes to exams, and so on. 

I did get to know each student 
personally. Earl and Lita Futch Uve 
in the Winona Lake area, having 
moved from Florida so Earl could 
attend Grace Seminary. Earl is 
assisting the pastor at the Sidney 
(Indiana) Grace Brethren Church. 

Ah . . . here are the candidates cram- 
ming for a test. Whoops! 

Sorry, this is the wrong picture . 
is it? 

Actually, this is one of the good meals 
over at the Zielasko 's home. 

All those fascinating train 
ing sessions, and being 
able to peek over shoul- 
ders during all those tests 
made me hummm . . . 
with excitement! Wow! 

These people really are 
learning a lot in prep- 
aration for the mis- 
sion field. 

I march '79 

Kent and Becky Good, on the other 
hand, recently moved to Florida 
from Winona after Kent graduated 
from Seminary last May. He is now 
the intern pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Bible Church in Fort 
Myers, Florida, where Becky is the 
office secretary. 

Clare Garber came to the Candi- 
date School from Modesto, Cali- 
fornia. She is the sister of CAE mis- 
sionary Martin Garber and is em- 
ployed by the telephone company. 
Also flying from Cahfomia were Ed 
and Maxine Gross. Ed is the pastor 
of the Goleta Grace Brethren 
Church near Santa Barbara. An- 
other traveler— this time from Peim- 
sylvania— arrived by train. Edna 
Haak, presently a student at Lan- 
caster Bible College, is a member of 
the Lititz church. 

Two others participated from 
their homes in Winona Lake. Cheryl 
Kaufman, from Myerstown, Penn- 

sylvania; and Alice Peacock, a 
schoolteacher from Indianapolis, 
are both former TIME missionaries 
and are in one-year programs at 
Grace Seminary. Finally, Dave and 
Kathy Manduka returned to 
Winona (where both graduated 
from Grace Schools) from Colum- 
bus, Ohio. Dave is intern pastor on 
the staff of the Worthington Grace 
Brethren Church. 

These people remained cheerful 
and attentive throughout the busy 
two and a half weeks. Many good 
friendships began during the time 
spent together. 

But wait, I've been telling you 
all about my view of candidate 
school. Listen to the candidates' 

"Candidate school has been 
great! I've appreciated all those 
who have participated. I wondered 
before coming what would be 
covered in all the time. Now I 

wonder what earlier missionaries 
did without the school." 

"Never have I learned so much 
about missions in so short a time. 
The topics were revelant and about 
things I really needed to know. I 
feel now that I know and under- 
stand the indigenous church prin- 

"All right! It has been a real 
blessing, not only leaming in the 
classroom, but getting to know 
other candidates planning to leave 
for other fields. I praise the Lord 
for this opportunity." 

"It was a time of growth- 
growth in meeting a new family, a 
family of fellow servants. All of us 
are wide-eyed, green, yet eager to 
take the wealth of material learned 
and forge ahead into the trails God 
has ordained for each of us. It's 
been a time of learning from those 
whose heads contain treasures of 
missions wisdom." 

(Continued on page 20) 

and Dr. Peter Peponis. 

(I got that information from a second cousin 
of mine whio liglits up ttie smiles of patients at 
Dr. Tiiomas D. VanOsdol's office. 

Here is my cousin tieiping Dr. 
Peponis witli a candidate 's dental 

The candidates and their families 
are also given physical and dental 
check-ups by Dr. Harold IVIason 

march '79 

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{Continued from page 19) 

"I was tremendously impressed 
with the administrative staff of the 
Brethren Foreign Missionary So- 
ciety. They are well-informed of 
current theological trends, man- 
agement principles, and missions 
strategy and philosophy. And they 
did a super job of transmitting their 
expertise to us." 

"The school was superb- 
teachers very transparent with us, 
admitting human frailties. The 
fellowship was even better. We feel 
as though we are a part of the 
Brethren Foreign Missionary So- 
ciety team. Many questions were an- 
swered. How in the world did the 
folks who preceded us get along 
without this preparation? Intensive. 
Thorough. We profited much." 

"Appreciated the care and con- 
cern of all the staff for our well- 
being and success as missionaries. I 
also appreciated the openness and 
willingness of the staff to share 

their experiences, both successes 
and failures. 

"Fantastic! It was a great 
opportunity to get to know those 
with whom we'll be working. It has 
been beneficial getting to know 
members of the staff (both at work 
and at meals)." 

"It was a unique privilege to 
get to know those with whom 
we would be on the field— and 
love them. The teaching was 
mind-expanding. And Jake Kliever's 
words of wisdom were precious. 
There were times of serious self- 
evaluation as well as let-loose, 
crazy-as-crackers coffee breaks. 
Mrs. Zielasko's pies were sensa- 

"A time of learning, joy, and 
rejoicing in the things of the Lord— 
this has been one of the greatest 
times of my hfe. Fellow students 
had differing personalities and it 
was a joy to fellowship with them 


"The time I attended was so 
helpful spiritually and in learning 
about church planting. The fellow- 
ship among the candidates and 
teachers was wonderful." 

Obviously, those who attended 
the school enjoyed it. Many differ- 
ent areas of missionary concern 
were presented to them and they 
were tested on them on exam day. 
And the candidates still liked 

Candidate school is now a re- 
quired step in the process of mis- 
sionary selection. That means that 
Brethren Foreign Missions now is 
not only a sending agency, but a 
training agency, too. That's excit- 

I learned so much this year and 
had such a good time. I hope they'll 
let me be the official Candidate 
School lecturn next year and for 
years to come! 

Well, training sessions have come to a close. Let 
me say, it lias been a pure pleasure to be involved 
with a group of people so dedicated and caring. 

Care and prayer . . . they have been the key to 
preparing these new missionaries for service. 

(It almost makes me wish I were a person too, so I 
could be a missionary!) 

But, oh 
well . . . 
"they also 
serve who 

stand and 
wait. " * 

*(lohn Milton) 

march '79 

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^e Foreign Missionary Snr.Vf . 

^•O. Box 588 .^H^rrSje Brethren C..rch^ 
^^aJce, Indiana 46590 ^ 
Telephone: 219-267-516] % 

March 1979 


^r Friends 

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The B ""' ^"P'"'" wm- 

cftank you. 


''"^^^^^>' yours in Christ. 
General Director 


Four Priceless Gifts 


can Give Your Church 

Dr. Win Arn, President 
Institute for American Church Growth 

A growing number of people are finding their 
church to be a spiritual reservoir of renewal and 
strength, a reference that gives their lives focus, bal- 
ance, direction, and hope. They look to their church 
as a place that provides spiritual and moral training 
for their children, a caring group of Christian friends, 
corporate worship experience, plus an opportunity 
for meaningful service. 

It is also a widely held, and generally accurate, be- 
lief that practicing Christians are better able to cope 
with personal problems of life through a strong faith, 
nurtured through their church. Ask any involved and 
"alive" Christian what his church means to him and 
he will easily recite the benefits of being an active 
member in his congregation. 

During his 1960 inaugural address, John Kennedy 
struck a responsive chord in the nation's conscience 
when he declared, "Ask not what your country can 
do for you, but ask what you can do for your coun- 
try." However, few Christians involved in their local 
church have seriously considered the reUgious para- 
phrase to that statement . . . "Ask not what your 
church can do for you, but ask what you can do for 
Christ and your church." Here are four important 
gifts you can give your church in appreciation for 
what Christ and your church have given to you. 

1 . Discover and use your spiritual gifts. 

The New Testament is clear in its teaching that 
". . . each of us has been given his gift, his due por- 
tion of Christ's bounty . . . 'He gave gifts to men' 
... to equip God's people for work in His service, 
to build up the Body of Christ" (Eph. 4:7-13, NEB). 
Paul also says, "I would not have you ignorant of 

spiritual gifts" (1 Cor. 12:1). And Peter reiterates 
that every Christian has received a gift (see 1 Peter 
4:10). To take seriously this bibHcal concept of each 
Christian as a unique, contributing member of the 
Body of Christ (see Rom. 12:5) could set in motion a 
"spiritual revolution" in your church that would 
bring an outpouring of God's blessing through new 
growth and vitality. 

As one who has served as a "midwife" in seeing 
scores of churches come alive in new growth and out- 
reach, I know that when those in a congregation 
identify and apply their gifts, the whole body grows. 
But the opposite is also true, that a congregation 
which allows its members to be "unemployed" in 
using their gifts will dechne and eventually perish. 

What is true of the congregation is also true of the 
individual. A person who has found and is using his 
unique gift is productive, fulfilled, and contributing 
to body growth and development. The individual not 
using his gift will be spiritually frustrated and will 
seldom experience real personal growth and develop- 

As more and more individuals identify their gifts, 
have them confirmed by others in the congregation, 
and apply their uniqueness in service, the church is 
immeasurably enriched and strengthened. 

2. Influence your "web" of friends and relatives. 

Imagine your church being a large water tank, 
from the bottom of which a one-inch pipe is always 
flowing. People leave througli this "pipe" in your 
church by death, by transferring out, and by rever- 
sion (falling away througli indifference). In some de- 
nominations the policy used to be move ministers 
every year. Now the ministers stay ... the people are 
moving! In the average American congregation 40 
percent to 60 percent of the members have changed 
residence, and therefore churches, in the last three 
years. To replace and add to our water tank we must 
have a two-inch pipe flowing in the top. 

How do people come into a relationship with 
Christ and the church? 

I have asked that question to over 8,000 people 
throughout America in the last two years. The results 
have been strikingly consistent: 

4-6 percent of those surveyed indicated that 
they were "walk-ins." One Sunday they 
visited, stayed, and are now a part of that 
congregation. (Usually in their background 
there is some identification with the denomi- 
nation of the church they walked into.) 

6-8 percent listed the "minister" as the reason 
they are now in Christ and that church. 

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2-4 percent listed the church program as the 
major factor . . . perhaps a young single 
group, a recreation program, or a special in- 
terest group. 

1-2 percent listed "visitation." Someone called 
and because of that they are now part of 
that fellowship. 

3-6 percent indicated the Sunday school as the 
major reason. 

.0001 percent listed some evangeUstic crusade 
or television program. 

70-90 percent hsted the reason they came to 
Christ and their church as being friends or 

The fact is clear . . . church growth is related to 
present members influencing their friends and rela- 
tives. Since biblical days the church has grown most 
effectively through natural "webs" . . . people with 
some social or family ties to each other. Within this 
group of friends and relatives, a person's ability to 
influence is far greater than outside the "web." 

But why influence one's friends and relatives for 
Christ and the church? We do it in obedience to 
Christ's command to "go and make disciples," and 
because of a loving concern that those close to us 
know the joy and fullness of life in Christ and the 
Body. Influencing your friends and relatives for 
Christ is the second precious gift you can give your 

3. Keep your circle open. 

In every church— regardless of size— visitors and 
new members must be assimilated into the congre- 
gation if they are to become an active and con- 
tributing part of that congregation. This is most 
effectively done by incorporating them into a small 
group (a fellowship circle, task group, Bible study, 
etc.) where they are known personally, know others 
personally, and feel a sense of belonging. 

While most Christians would agree in theory to 
this principle, there is a marked tendency in practice 
for such groups to close themselves off to others, 
especially "newcomers." Churches may consider 
themselves to be quite friendly, but many times this 
friendliness is shown more to one another than to the 

In my own experience, I vividly recall being an 
"X" in a congregation. An "X" is one who is a mem- 
ber of the church, but not integrated into any small 
group. I first tried one group and then another. While 
I was told I was welcome, I didn't feel that I "fit." In 
this particular congregation of people with Swedish 
backgrounds, the Johnsons, the Svensons, the 
Larsons, the Olsons, all seemed to fit; but the 

Schmidts, the DiGiuUous, the Garcias, and the Arns 
were unable to "integrate." Following the worship 
service the Swedes hugged each other, greeted each 
other ... in Swedish . . . and went out to eat smorgas- 
bord together. But no one hugged me or spoke 
Swedish to me or invited me to the smorgasbord. 
Soon, like any "X" in a congregation, I drifted out 
the back door. 

It is of little value for a church to reach out to 
others if those who are won are not integrated into 
the congregation. Give a third priceless gift to your 
church by keeping your circles open and encouraging 
other circles to be open to these new people. 

4. Keep before you a vision of the possibilities. 

In a survey of pastors the question was asked, 
"What is your greatest desire for your church?" The 
answer that appeared more than any other was: "For 
the lay people to have a vision for growth and to be 
involved in the process." 

Perhaps the greatest discouragement a pastor faces 
is a congregation without vision: self-centered, self- 
satisfied, self-occupied. In board and committee de- 
cision making, a church group has a natural tendency 
to take the "safe way," which usually translates into 
little risk, little venture, and Httle vision. 

Many congregations have inadvertently organized 
themselves on a "problem base." "Where will we find 
enough Sunday school teachers?" "How will we pay 
the bUls?" "Can we keep the doors open another 
year?" The problems are endless, the solutions tedi- 
ous, and the service often joyless. 

A far stronger and more effective base is to organ- 
ize the church and its components around vision and 
possibilities. In the ministry area of every congre- 
gation there are numerous opportunities for effective 
ministry. These opportunities can be seen and seized. 
One denomination encourages aU of its churches to 
have a "needs committee"— a group of people actively 
looking for needs to be met in their community, op- 
portunities to be seized, and ministries to be ex- 

Seeing possibilities usually begins with one person, 
then spreads to others. Being that person in a congre- 
gation is the fourth priceless gift you can give your 

Jesus said, "I will build my church." We become 
builders with Him by giving our gifts. Not just our 
material gifts, for there are gifts more precious than 
these. We can give Christ and His church four price- 
less gifts by discovering and using our spiritual gifts, 
by influencing our web of friends and relatives for 
the church, by keeping our circles open, and by keep- 
ing before us the possibilities of our church. 

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Do I get Discouraged? 

John ShoUy 

I stood looking at my new motorcycle. It was 
smashed. The handlebars were bent over ... the gas 
tank caved in . . . lights broken . . . wires cut . . . sigh 
. . . ! My friend (?) stood nearby with instant apolo- 
gies. None of which were to have any effect on the 
damaged cycle; now or later. His assurance of his 
skills as a cyclist were still ringing in my ears. "I can 
ride!" he said repeatedly. After having over a half 
dozen friends assure me that same promise, I was 
skeptical ... a little! He could tell. Now, if you beg 
this preacher a little, he'll give you just about any- 
thing. Soft heart or a soft head . . . the fact remains. 
In over six years of being owned by motorcycles I 
have learned a few lessons. One is; I can't say no to 
anyone who wants to share my enthusiasm for riding 
my motorcycles. And, I've got the repair bOls to 
prove it. 

On this particular day I was asked, "Don't you 
ever get discouraged?" I refused, at first, to answer 
that question. My first thought was "No, I stay that 
way." Later I explained discouragement and prob- 
lems in a preacher's Hfe (yep, we have 'em). I do get 
discouraged . . . very discouraged and I know of no 
protection against it or anyone who avoids it. But . . . 
I don't stay discouraged! I have known most calami- 
ties personally; everything from cancer to crashes. 
I've had jobs with crushing responsibility and I've 
walked streets looking for jobs to earn my way 
through school. Discouragement . . . any successful 
person could write a book about it . . . and many do. 
However, their stories are the same . . . they never 
gave in to it. Especially a person who knows Jesus 
Christ personally. They find that ultimately, "All 
things work together for good [all the time] , to those 
who belong to and serve Christ." 

The Bible is full of discouraged and beaten down 
servants of God. Perhaps even Christ felt these human 
pangs as the last of the 12 disciples turned their backs 
on Him. It is difficult to believe that a person has ever 
lived that did not endure great and repeated discour- 
agement. But to the person who looked to God for 
the ultimate victory, discouragement is short and 
simply a promise of an even better tomorrow. It is 
Satan who drags us into the quicksand of depression. 

For, depression is getting discouraged . . . and staying 

I cannot recall the name of the girl that broke my 
heart when she found another boyfriend ... I have 
forgotten the professor who failed me in a test I de- 
served to pass. Bad breaks ... we get them! Even 
preachers. Hard times . . . they come; discouragement 
. . . sure, and more will come. To the Christian there 
is victory at the close of each prayer; in the memory 
of each Bible promise of a God who cares and works 
all things after the council of His own will. To those 
who suffer discouragement and are not Christ's 
property ... a great gift is waiting for you; if you'D 
but follow Him. If you're lost, don't stay lost. Dis- 
couraged? Look to Jesus, He's the only way up and 
out. It worked for me . . . and it will for you, too. 

~'JU5r HOW MUCH PIP YOU Pispse?" 

The Brethren 
Encyclopedia . 

!4"march '79 

project moves forward. Progress continues 
as material is being gathered. For the first time 
it will be possible to have an encyclopedia with 
biographies, lists of congregations and mission 
stations, and a history of our doctrines and 

This joint project of The Brethren Church, 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, Church 
of the Brethren, Dunkard Brethren, and The 
German Baptist Brethren, has set a publication 
date for 1983. 

Charles W. Turner and Robert Clouse have 
been serving on the editorial staff as Grace 

The total cost is projected at $150,000, and 
$50,000 already have been received. Your help 
would be appreciated. 

Send your gifts to: The Brethren Encyclo- 
pedia, Inc., 6611 Germantown Ave., Philadel- 
phia, PA. 19119. 

hoping to help in Christian ed, youth, and church growth 

"D-Days": A Picture of Us! 

Ed and Judy (with a smidgen of help from me) recently completed four 
"D-Days" in Atlanta— time with 14 district youth leaders to get better help 
for guiding and coordinating youth ministries in our Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches districts. 

It was the stuff CE is made of: 

1. CE people were resources . 

They gave out a box, a big box, of material. But even more, had sugges- 
tions and ideas in many areas. Ed and Judy got people in, and ideas out. They 
were extremely well prepared. 

That's a big part of our commission— to sift and sort through so many 
areas of Christian discipline and education. 

2. Church people were the keys . 

The equipping and sharing days would have been nothing without the 
district representatives, who are first youth pastors, pastors, and other key 
men in their churches. These caring people will now go back home to share 
what they got. (See the box for who came.) 

Local church people are key to everything we do. We're lost, or rather 
everything's lost, without key, caring, church Christian ed fanatics who are 
willing to invest their lives in others. 

3. The church itself provided structure and support . 

In this case we met in the Atlanta Grace Brethren Church building, with 
food and housing shared by the hospitable people of that church. 

And all the material we send, seminars we sponsor and programs we 
put out are dependent on the structure of ministry, staff, and teachers in a 
local church. 

4. All Grace Brethren Churches really made it happen . 

While the districts split up expenses to help "D-Days" occur, CE took 
up the excess. We used your money (because we don't have any of our own!). 

As a service agency for churches, we really do depend on offerings to 
do what helps. We charge for some things, but always try to hold those 
charges down. 

Thank you for offerings. 

5. The effect was good. 

Many very helpful comments were given. The men said they got filled 
and excited to share. 

And we are very pleased with the reception of our ministries in chil- 
dren's, youth, and adult areas. We want to be even more effective in our 
calling to help with Christian ed, youth, and church growth. 

6. The Lord Is the One . 

People at "D-Days" were re- 
minded that He, Christ, is the one 
we glorify, and the reason for all. 

Our daily ministries here at 
the office . . . our visits at 
churches . . . the printed lessons 
and ideas we share . . . all are meant 
to help us lean on Christ, and know 
Him better, and glorify Him. 

That really is the stuff of CEI 

c=4^LudbL> — Lf 

"D-Days" Participants 

District Representatives: 

Harry Nonnemacher— Allegheny 
Gary Cole— Florida 
Paul Mutchler— Indiana 
Curt Stroman— Mid-Atlantic 
Greg Fields-No. Atlantic 
Joel Richards— Nor-Cal 
Dave Atkins— Northcentral Ohio 
Mel Taylor-Northwest 
Fred Devan— Southeast 
Richard Todd-So. Calif.-Ariz. 
Art Sprunger— Southern Ohio 
Rick Strappello— West Penn 

Representatives from Brethren Boards: 

Bob Collitt— Board of Evangelism 
Bill Katip— Grace College 
Bill Byers— Home Missions 
Dean Fetterh off— Foreign Missions 

Devotional Speakers: 

Tom Grady— Campus Crusade 
Max Anders— Walk Thru the Bible 
Barry St. Clair— Reach Out Ministries 

GBC Christian Education • Box 365 • Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Pastor Knute Larson, Executive Director; Ed Lewis, Director of Youth Ministries; Judy Ashman, 
Director of SMM; Brian Roseborough, Assistant to the Directors; Ginny Toroian, Administrative 
Assistant; Gladys Deloe, Youth Secretary. 

Hebrews 12:1-2: Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great c 
that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; u 


Christian education is all about 

Long distance running, to be sure. 
What you and I do at our local 
churches to help others stay in the 
Gospel and keep growing is really to 
help them keep running. 

And while we're teaching, we run. 
I asked Lorin Weaver, who took up 
long-distance running around the 40 
mark in years (after 20 years of non- 
running) how it felt in his first mara- 
thon (that's 26 miles folks, plus 385 

The first 15 miles were fun— 
running alongside other runners, 
talking laughing, enjoying the 
countryside. Then . . . from 15-18 
miles it was a steady slide to 
awareness of stiffening muscles, 
fatigue, and how far I had to go 

From 18-24 miles it was a 
roller coaster emotionally. I 
would hit bottom and think that 
it was impossible, then I would 
psych myself up by telling myself 
I didn't run all winter to quit 
now. By thinking of all the effort 
invested and how deflating it 
would be to quit, I kept going. 

Finally, as I got to the 24-mile 
marker, I realized that I could and 
would make it. Non-stop. 

What a feeling of accomplish- 

I am now training for more 
miles than last year. . . . 

Lorin is running at our church too, 

And perhaps for all of us that de- 
mands as much. To keep going. To 
trust and walk and run in the Spirit of 

God, choosing to obey Him. 

There are many other options, and 
some of them feel good for the mo- 
ment. I mean, no Sunday school lesson 
to prepare or people to see and pray 
for is easier than getting involved in 
those ministries. 

And it is easy, amazingly easy, to 
run and work and serve for 10-15 
miles and still drop out. People do it. 

It's especially tempting when you 
see others walking or quitting to sit in 
the shade and drink coke. That speaks 
to the tired nature inside and becomes 
an excuse to do the same, if you don't 
watch it. 

As you run (you are running, 
aren't you?) look at Jesus. 
Christ, the author and 
finisher of our faith. The one 
who kept running. 

Don't look at all tha dis- 


That's what Mrs. Lot did as they 
escaped the judgment of Sodom. She 
looked back, probably revealing where 
her heart was, for sure disobeying the 
Word of the Lord (Gen. 19:17-26). 

Remember Lot's wife. 

Don't look back by glorifying v 
you used to do before conver 
(handle that carefully and briefl' 
your testimony!). 

Don't look back as you run 
wishing you could indulge in tl 



Paul writes with delight, "Foi 
ting those things that are behi 
(PhiL 3:13-14). Instead he is pres 
and running to the things that 

The whole chapter is about 
previous proud attitude of 

Forget it. 

Don't dwell on what you have c 
for the Lord, lest even the things c 
with right motives then become sir 
pride now. 

Don't remember the past \ 
feelings of returning to 'the "good 
days." "Why Pastor, that's not 
way we used to do that." Or, "[ 
Sunday school teacher, if only 
had been here when we really, I rr 
really, studied the Bible. I'll be d 

by CE Exa 

"Senior Medal of Ministry": An honor to someone over 65 
still active in church service. To thank and spotlight. 

"Educator of the Year": To honor a person active in the 
church program of teaching and training. 

march '79 

Write us for applications for these important tributes. 

tnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race 

>y that was set before l}im endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 

he Christian Marathon 

ig out because it's not like . . . ." 


See Lul<e9:62. 

It just might be the most pointed, 
aight things Jesus ever said. 

Fix your eyes. Decide to focus on 

And while you're obeying that part 
Hebrews 12:1-2. here are some 
ler encouragements for long dis- 

A. Remember the examples. A 
reat cloud" of people have already 
pt the faith for the long distance, 
brews 11 has a whole list of them. 

does your church. Let's honor 
Tie of them and give them time to 
I young people what helped them 
jp running. Let them on the witness 

B. Get rid of diversions. 

Lay aside encumbrances and sins. 
A runner doesn't compete wearing 
igings and galoshes! He strips to the 
nimum so he can run unencumbered. 
Which is like getting rid of habits 

and' mannerisms that hurt your con- 
centration on Christ. 

Of course, lay off of sins too. 

C. Run with determination. With 

Don't quit. Sure, you will ache at 
times. Who doesn't? But keep at it. 

D. Run the right direction! 

Run the race God sets before you, 
not what feelings direct. 

The marathon man might feel like 
stopping at a pool, or trying a shorter 
course. But rules are rules. 

And the Word of God tells us the 
race set before us. 

E. Fix your destiny. 

Look at Jesus, through prayer and 
the Word, through personal mind- 
discipling every day. 

In the Boston Marathon, the most 
famous run, there is at the 20-mile 
mark what has been called "Heart- 
break Hill." A two-mile slope where 
many quit. 

Runners are hitting "the wall" 
about then anyway, and then a hill to 

It's too much for many. 

And the Christian life has its hills 

But it also has by far the best ad- 

The first years of the Christ/an 
life and serving might be fun. 
Running with other Christians, 
talking, laughing, enjoying the 
church. Then, often, tests and 
hurts produce stiffening will, 
fatigue . . . and it's easy to worry 
about how far you have to go yet. 

It's easy to have a roller 
coaster experience. You hit bot- 
tom and think it's impossible. But 
you didn 't make this commitment 
to quit, or follow a Christ who 
stopped short of God's will. You 
think of all the grace of the Lord 
and the efforts of others to help 
you be the kind of person God 
wants you to be. 

And you keep goingi 

Finally, as you keep growing 
and running, and coming closer to 
the end-the Return or your 
personal death— you realize you 
can make iti 

What a feeling of joy and ac- 

And you keep runningi 

And serving. 

And teaching and sharing your 
life with other runners. 

And sharing the good joys of 
running as you try to help others 
accept Christ and run, looking at 

;tor Knute Larson 

Mew "GBC 

Readables"— What Is A GBC: an introduction to our church, bringing in history and our passion for knowing the 

Word and sharing it. A good way to tell a friend about the church you attend. Good for a class study or 

gift for church visitors too. 

The Holy Spirit in the Christian: a study of the control of the Holy Spirit in the Christian's life. Very 
practical, and a clear help in this area of confusion for some. Good for a witness to Christians, or for a 
Bible group or class. Emphasizes the four commands to Christians. 

march '79 

(for a prayer list please) 



For churches, general— 

CE Convention, seminars 
Ciiurcli growth impetus 
Herald CE pages 

Programmed Statistical Analysis- 
total church, S.S. 
Slide/tape presentations 
Awards and Honors Program 
GBC "Readables" 
Timothy Teams 

For pastors— 

"HMMIVl . . ." 

"Inside Tracl<" 

District Representatives 

CE consultation 

Pastoral handouts 

"Ohhh . . ." for pastor's wives 

For youth leaders, sponsors— 



CE Youth Programs 

National Youth Week 

Seminars, Consultation 

For girls and leaders— 

SMM programs for four age groups 

For youth— 


Brethren National Youth Conference 

TIME (Training In Missionary Endeavor) 

Operation Barnabas 

Timothy Teams 

NAC (National Achievement Competition) 

Bible Quizzing 

Brethren Student Life Volunteers 

Another in our CE series— 

This works for us! 

From House 
to House 

Bernie Simmons, now of Lititz Grace Brethren 
Church, shares something he used at Sterling, Ohio. 
And it worked! 

We wanted our new families and estab- 
lished families to get acquainted. One of the 
best ways to do this is real Christian fellow- 
ship around the table. So we started an after- 
Sunday-evening-service fellowship time called 
"From House to House" based on Acts 2:46. 
Our Sunday evening service was moved to the 
earlier hour of 6:00 p.m. for a certain month. 
This allowed families with young children to 
participate without the hour being so late. 

Families signed up ahead of time telling 
which weeks they wanted to participate and 
whether or not they would serve as host 
house. Assigned host family provided bever- 
age; assigned guest family brought refresh- 
ment. Both worked together to line up a third 
guest family who did not attend regularly on 
Sunday evenings. Families who signed up 
were sent a letter suggesting conversation 

There were good responses from all who 
shared in this fellowship. 

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as we go to press . • . 

The Grace Brethren Church of Richmond, Va. , will host a youth rally for the South- 
east District, April 20 and 21, announced Kurt A. Miller, pastor. The featured 
speaker will be Ray Easterling, first-string linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons. 
Other speakers will be Barry Koehl, a detective with the Richmond ?^olice Depart- 
ment and Donnie Cantwell, pastor of Open Door Baptist Church. The overnight rally 
will also include bowling and roller skating activities. 

James S, McClellan has resigned as pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of Kent, 
Wash, McClellan' s future plans are undetermined at this time. 

Topeka, (EP) — The Rev, Fred Hollomon, chaplain of the Kansas Senate, delivered 
an invocation which drew sympathetic nods. His session-opening prayer: "Omniscient 
Father, help us to know who is telling the truth. One side tells us one thing, 
and the other, just the opposite. And if neither side is telling the truth, we 
would like to know that too. And if each side is telling half the truth, give us 
the wisdom to put the right halves together. In Jesus' name, amen." 

The Grace Brethren Church of Canton, Ohio, has extended a call to Rev. Terrance 
Taylor, Mr. Taylor was previously the pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of Pom- 
pano Beach, Fla. 

Salem, Oreg. (EP) — A new drive to assess property taxes against non-profit groups 
was forecast by some political observers here following reports that nearly $ 40 
billion worth of property in the states is exempt from such taxes. Property taxes 
are paid on about $37 billion worth of property. In Oreg. tax exemptions are 
granted churches, charitable organizations, graveyards, intangible property, 
motor vehicles, household furniture, pollution control facilities for industries, 
ship repair material, orchards, nursery stock, crab pots, art objects and student 

The Lyndhurst Grace Brethren Church, Cleveland, Ohio, celebrated its forty-third 
anniversary on January 28, announced John Hartman, pastor. Rev. R. Markley was 
the guest speaker. 

Dr. Floyd Taber went to be with the Lord on February 12, 

Tupelo, Miss.(EP)— A report on programming on the three major commercial tele- 
vision networks for the fall of 1978 prepared by the National Federation for 
Decency (NFD) indicates that 88 percent of all sex shown was depicted outside 
marriage. The report also shows that in beverage consumption, alcohol was used 
more than 10 times higher than the next favored beverage — coffee. According 
to the research findings, ABC was the top programmer of sex, while CBS was the 
top network for profanity, The results of the monitoring study were based on 
762.5 hours of prime-time network programming viewed between September 10 and 
December 2. According to the Federation, those participating represented a wide 
range of age and education backgrounds. 

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Jflssionary SBirtMays 

MAY 1979 

(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 28 and 29 
of the 1979 Grace Brethren Annual.; 


Mrs. Robert Skeen May 1 

Mrs. Larry L. Pfahler May 17 

Mr. Werner Kammler May 30 


Michael Hoyt May 8, 1975 

Kathryn Hoyt May 13, 1974 

Philip Hoyt May 16, 1971 


Mrs. Earle C. Hodgdon May 13 


Mrs. Larry A. DeArmey May 5 

Rev. Larry A. DeArmey May 9 


Mrs. John C. Pappas May 1 

. Karl-Braun-Weg 2 17022, Leinfelden - Echterdigen, West Germany . 


^f the loxi^ 

^mc oHiciarij 

Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Hwy., Winona Lake, 
I nd. 46590 

1st Vice President- 
Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) Risser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

2nd Vice President- 
Mrs. Walter (Emma) Fretz, 413 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 565 Stonyridge Ave., Troy, Ohio 45373 

Assistant Secretary- 
Mrs. Tom (Donna) Miller, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer- 

Mrs. Tom (Geneva) Inman, 2244 Fernwood Dr., Colorado 
Springs, Colo. 80190 

Literature Secretary- 
Mrs. Lloyd (Mary Lois) Fish, R. R. 8, Warsavu, Ind. 46580 

Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R. R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, 
Ind. 46580 

Prayer Chairman- 
Mrs. Harold (Ada) Etiing, 803 Esplanade, Winona Lake, Ind. 



Goal -$10,000 

Deadline -June 10, 1979 

Extended project— building of a new mission 


Judy Ashman 


Goal - $6,000 

Deadline- April 30, 1979 

Sponsorship of the Director of SMM 

SMM Girl of the Year Scholarship 

' march '79 


Romayne Allen 

Little girls like stylish hats 
With ribbons on . . . and telephone chats, 
And bubbly baths and bric-a-bracs, 
Just the same as mama. 

They don't like a frock, visibly patched; 

They wince when expensive furniture's scratched; 

They delight in china, properly matched, 

Just the same as mama. 

They love shined shoes, with nary a scuff. 
Long white gloves and starched white cuff, 
And a pat from a scented powder puff . . . 
Just the same as mama. 

Someday the little girls will grow 
With the grace and poise of a darting doe. 
Then, all of her womanly choices will show 
Just the same as mama. 

Will she crave world's pleasures and neon 
Where temptations lure and sin incites. 
And yearn to explore wild appetites. 
Just the same as mama? 


Or will she be found in the house of prayer, 
Ministering to souls that gather there, 
A jewel in the crown of the Lord, so fair 
Just the same as mama? 

Little girls are a loan from Him 

On the sea of life, they will sink or swim, 

Become an imp or a cherubim. 

Just the same as mama. 

So mom, step carefully, life's long hike. 
And wisely select the choices to like. 
After you walks a lovable tyke. 
Just the same as mama. 

Careful choices can shelter from harms. 
And cause that bundle of nylon charms 
To flee one day to the Saviour's arms. 
Just the same as mama! 




Last minute plans are better than none for a 
special birthday month celebration for SMM 
girls in your local church. Make April special in 
celebrating SMM. 

Remember the offering for sponsorship of 
Miss Judy Ashman, national director of SMM. 
This offering is due April 30, 1979, and pays a 
portion of Judy's salary as well as the scholar- 
ship for national SMM Girl of the Year. The 
suggested amount for each WMC member is 
SI. 50 per year. What a bargain, ladies! Judy is 
constantly tuned in to the needs of SMM and 
its programs and we receive so many benefits 
from her tireless labor. Support Judy and the 
SMM program with a generous gift to the Chris- 
tian Education Department offering. 

Are responsibility files or duty lists a part 
of the record keeping of your local WMC? Take 
a minute to remember how you felt when you 
were a new officer and didn't know what to do 
first. Then, take a few minutes to list some of 
the responsibilities that the office you hold re- 
quires. Continue to make notes, legibly, 
throughout the remainder of the year. If you 
continue serving your local group next year, 
think how much easier it will be and also think 
of the service to your friends who follow you in 
this position. These responsibility files should be 
kept and filed in an easy to locate place by the 
president or the secretary of each local WMC. 

Try an apprentice program in your WMC. If 
ladies do not seem interested in serving by 
being an officer, it could be because they do not 
know what is expected of them. Any officers 
who need help from time to time in fulfilling 
their duties should be able to contact these ap- 
prentices and ask for assistance. Remember of- 
ficers, this apprentice program should be to 
encourage others to be involved. 


march '79 

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My I imes 


in Thy Hand 

Mrs. Helen Beach 

Sometimes I sleep through a 
thunderstorm. But not that one! In 
spite of dark, heavy draperies the 
flashes of hght ihuminated the bed- 
room. The thunder was deafening 
and shook the house. Suddenly 
there was an especially loud clap of 
thunder. I grabbed my husband in a 
tight bear hug and shouted, "That 
one was close!" There was no sleep 
in our house till the storm abated. 

The next morning after devo- 
tions, coffee and toast, I went out 
to go to work and found bricks aU 
over the front yard. Looking up at 
our chimney, I was suddenly aware 
of just how close that bolt of light- 
ning had been. How much worse 
the damage could have been! In- 
stantly my mind returned to the 
key verse in my morning devotions. 
"My times are in thy hand; . . ." 
Ps. 31:15). The verse has become 
precious to me and the longer I 
think on it, the wider its scope. 

We think of times as the days in 
which we live, and we sing, "In 
Times Like These." As we look 
around, we are convinced that the 
times grow worse. Problems are 
multiple and complex. Crime and 
immorality are rampant. There 
seems to be little respect for God or 
man. Yet, every age has had its 
problems and God has raised up His 
servants to meet the need. Consider 
the Jews in the days of Aliasuerus. 
They were all scheduled for execu- 
tion under the wicked plot of 
Haman. Then Mordecai appealed to 
Queen Esther, "Who knoweth 
whether you are come to the 
throne for such a time as this?" 
With God's help Esther appealed to 
the king and the Jews were saved. 
Their times were in His hand. 
Today God has raised up the great 
preachers and a host of small 

people (hke you and me) to meet 
the challenge of the day in which 
we live. We are to shine as lights in 
the dark world of our times. 

But "times" has other aspects. 
We can narrow it down to specifics. 
For instance, a time of fear. "What 
time I am afraid, I will trust in 
thee," said David. And who of us 
has not been afraid? In times of ill- 
ness, physical danger, mental and 
emotional stress and daily pressure, 
how good it is to bring our fears to 
God! Like David, we can face our 
giants in His strength. 

Consider the most basic level of 
all, the time for our salvation. "... 
behold, now is the accepted time; 
behold, now is the day of salva- 
tion" (2 Cor. 6:2). With that blot- 
ting out of our sin, we have the 
promise that ". . . the times of re- 
freshing shall come from the 
presence of the Lord" (Acts 3:19). 

As His own, we then have a time 
for service. We are to follow Him 
who made Himself a servant to all. 
In Romans 13:11 we read, "know- 
ing the time, that now it is higli 
time to awake out of sleep: . . . ." 
Time to get busy! 

Closely related to service is our 
consistent daily Christian walk be- 
fore others. We are to "walk in wis- 
dom toward them that are without, 
redeeming the time" (Col. 4:5,). 
Our obligation to others becomes a 
frightening fact apart from the 
knowledge that our times are in His 
hand and He is our strength. 

Ecclesiastes tells us there is "a 
time to every purpose under 
heaven." How good to know that 
from the time of our first breath 
until our last God is with us. Joy is 
one of the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 
5:22), and when sorrow comes to 
us. He is "... the God of all com- 
fort" (2 Cor. 1:3). As death comes, 
He goes with us into the valley of 
the shadow (Ps. 23:4). 

When the day comes that time 
shall be no longer (Rev. 10:6), we 
shall still be in His hand (John 
10:28). What a blessed security for 
now and throughout eternity! The 
truth that blessed the Psalmist is 
relative for today ... for tomorrow 
... for our times. "My times are 
in thy hand." 

Twisted ropes of white choco- 
late graced the candy dish. Even 
though my palate didn't tingle over 
white chocolate, I liked pretzels and 
and picked one up to please the 

That was ten years ago. The com- 
bination of super sweet and salty 
has become one of my favorites. It 
is a true deUcacy— one to be savored 
on special occasions. 

Had my eye alone done the 
choosing, I would have refused that 
treat. To convince myself to try it, I 
I had to summon the thought that 
it at least couldn't be as bad as a 
chocolate-covered ant. 

Additional pounds have at times 
caused me to regret my decision. It 
has come to mind that our Chris- 
tian life can be related to some 
covering of sweetness as opposed to 
the salty character of the sinner. 

Unbelievers speculate what the 
hfe of a Christian is like and have 
many misconceptions of the hfe in 
Christ; but only after tasting the 
spiritual life is the taste for spiritual 
things acquired, discerned, and 
made more palatable. Pounds of 
sin are lost instead of gained and 
the weight which besets us is gone. 

I, the sinner, was a creature 
more in need of disguise than the 
insect. But disguise was not the re- 
sult of the cross. A complete trans- 
formation is possible if the sinner 
but looks to the cross and accepts 
the blood-covering sacrifice. 

The ant and pretzel still remain 
in the center of the goo and a Chris- 
fian, sins covered by the blood, still 
wrestles with daily temptafions; but 
once covered, we can bask in the 
security of the blood-covering and 
reahze that, unhke the ant and the 
pretzel, we have been transfonned. 
"0 taste and see that the Lord is 
good: blessed is the man that 
trusteth in him" (Ps. 34:8). 

march 79 

God is Able 

A residence exists in Winona 
Lake, Indiana, that has had many 
occupants over the past years and 
not too many stayed for any length 
of time. It seems as though people 
are always moving in and out. It's 
not that they don't enjoy their stay 
but they have many interesting 
places to go, exciting people to 
meet, and a very special mission to 
accomplish. These residents are the 
missionaries of the Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society of the Brethren 
Church. The home that is scarcely a 
permanent residence for any, but a 
haven for all, has fulfilled its use as 
a missionary's residence. Bethany 
House, located on the corner of 
Chestnut and Fourth Streets, is 
now up for sale. 

Philathea House, on Seminary 
Drive, has been purchased by Grace 
Schools in exchange for a piece of 
property behind the Brethren Mis- 
sion Building on Kings Highway 
and a cash remuneration. 

As WMC ladies, we have placed a 
good many hours of work on the 
two older residences. Our money 
has been spent wisely on furnish- 
ings and upkeep by a committee of 
ladies in the area who have overseen 
the project of the residences in con- 

junction with the foreign mission 
office. In the past our project 
money was spent to buOd Philathea 
House and you say, "Why should 
we be selUng these homes?" 

Missionaries on furlough have 
a very different life style than most 
of us. Many of us would not be able 
to keep up with the pace that they 
set in order to inform us of the 
work they are doing. In return, 
they must have a place to call home 
while here in Winona Lake. The 
two buildings already in use did not 
provide enough housing for the 
missionaries involved. 

A new structure was desperately 
needed to provide adequate space 
when a large number of mission- 
aries need to be housed at one time. 
This new residence will be con- 
structed on the lot behind the 
present Mission BuOding on Kings 
Highway. Approval of the plans has 
been made by the architect and the 
missionary society. Currently, the 
plans are awaiting approval by the 
state of Indiana. Hopefully, con- 
struction wUl begin when winter 
weather has ceased. 

Mr. Ralph Hall, with Brethren 
Building Ministries, has been the 
architect for the new building 

which will contain eight separate 
apartments with two bedrooms 
each. One of the bedrooms in each 
apartment can be used as a separate 
facility so this will provide ample 
space should the need arise. 

A need is also present for a place 
of fellowship for the missionaries 
and this will also be provided in the 
new building. When new mission- 
aries meet for candidate school or 
the seminars for missionaries on 
furlough are held, a large room is 
needed for meals and some meet- 
ings. This will be supplied when the 
new structure is complete. 

The sale of the current proper- 
ties wOl bring approximately 
$100,000, but the building cost is 
at least double that amount. Here's 
where we can do our part. This 
year we have chosen as our Foreign 
Mission project to give $10,000 to- 
wards the construction of this new 
residence; but note: this is an ex- 
tended project. Suggestions have 
also been made to district organi- 
zations to choose this as a project 
also and some have complied. The 
Lord is able to grant us the ability 
to give that this project can be a 

march '79 ' 

A Children 's Story 

The Haid Hat Bear 


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Frank Woodring 

This story is dedicated to my son 
Chad, who is five. 

High atop the rugged moun- 
lains slept a roly-poly bear cub 
J waiting the breath of spring. 
As the little bear peacefully 
enjoyed the last fleeting 
moments of winter, he was 
suddenly awakened by the 
loud roar of engines. 

Putting his furry paws over 
his ears, the little bear tried to 
block out the disturbing noise. 
After what seemed like an 
eternity, he sat up and 
pondered his next move. 
V Finally, he ambled to the cave 
entrance and peered down the 
hillside to where the clamor 
was coming from. 

Amazed, he watched as 
huge machines tore apart his 

beloved mountain which he 
had come to treasure. All day 
he surveyed the strange scene 
before him, knowing what he 
must do when the men ended 
their work that day. 

Quietly he scurried down 
the mountain as the evening 
shadows drew the workers 
away from those pesky 
machines. Having mastered 
their operation by watching all 
day, the little bear hopped 
aboard the biggest bulldozer 
and in no time at all had put 
his mountain back in place. 

Thinking that would end his 
problem, the little bear was 
soon asleep once again in his 
cave with his head nestled 

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between his paws just in case 
the men had not learned their 

As the first rays of sunlight 
climbed down the hillside, the 
men returned to find all their 
work of the previous day 
undone. With renewed vigor 
they launched into the task of 
moving the mountain for a 
second time. 

Awakened again by the 
dreaded noise, the little bear 
spent the day watching his 
mountain once again come 
apart. That evening the fore- 
man appointed one of his men 
to stay and make sure that 
things would remain as they 

The little bear, seeing what 
happened, decided to return 
to his cozy home and get some 
sleep while he could. Sure 
enough, the next morning the 
machines were about their 
business of destroying the 
Uttle bear's homeland. 

The foreman, thinking that 
the intruder had apparently 
passed on, decided not to post 
a guard that night. This was 
just what the little bear had 
hoped would happen as he 
chmbed aboard the big dozer. 
After piecing his mountain 
back together once more, the 
little bear hid behind a nearby 
tree that still remained, sure 
that that morning would settle 
the matter once and for all. 

As dawn approached the 
next morning, the foreman 
arrived to find all of his efforts 
wiped out for a second time. 
Furious, he leaped from his 
truck, determined that he 

would get to the bottom of 
the mysterious situation. 

Shouting for the rascal to 
come forth, the foreman 
scanned the mountains for any 
movement. As he did, the 
little bear, just as determined 
to put an end to all this 
commotion on his mountain, 
lumbered forth to meet the 

"Do you know anything 
about what happened here last 
night?" inquired the foreman. 

"I did it," was the simple 
response of the little bear. 

"Why did you do it?" 
thundered the foreman. 

"Why did you destroy the 
peace and quiet of my 
mountain which I love so 
dearly?" quietly countered the 
little bear. 

Suddenly a smile stole 
across the foreman's face as he 
realized how much the 
mountain meant to the little 
bear. "We are building a 
highway across your mountain 
so that children all over the 
country can come and witness 
the beauty of this forest." 

Just as swiftly a smile came 
across the little bear's face as 
he pictured the many travelers 
who would have a chance to 
see what God had given to 
him. "I understand now why 
you're doing it," he said. 

Having come up with a 
clever idea, the foreman asked, 
"Since you know how to 
operate my largest dozer, how 
would you like to help us 
complete the road?" 

"I thought you'd never ask," 
beamed the little bear. 

"Before you hop onto that 
thing, let me give you some- 
thing," said the little bear's 
new friend. "Try on this new 
hard hat." 

Gently resting it on his 
head, the little bear glowed 
with pride as he made the 
dozer's monstrous engine roar. 

That summer as tourists 
drove through the peaceful 
mountain, they found an 
unusual site. "Daddy," said a 
little boy, "Why is that little 
bear sitting along the road 
wearing that hard hat?" 
Smiling at the happy little 
bear, the father replied, 
"That's the 'Hard Hat Bear.' " 

Yes, the little bear had 
become known as the 'Hard 
Hat Bear' because of his 
efforts in opening up a new 
horizon to the rest of the 
country, and as he sat watch- 
ing the cars stream by, he was 
happy that his mountain 
which God had blessed him 
with would not only be 
enjoyed by himself, but by 
dads and moms, and boys and 
girls from all paths of life. 

march '79 < 


An Interview With Barbara Woodring, Director of Nursing 

Nursing at Grace College 


What is the current status 
of the Nursing Program at Grace 


Actually, the status is 

First, on November 10, 1978, the 
College received approval from 
the Indiana State Board of Nurs- 
ing Education to initiate an As- 
sociate Degree Program in Nurs- 
ing. Actual nursing courses will 
begin in September 1979. 

Second, for those students in- 
terested in pursuing a B.S. in 
Nursing, the cooperative program 
with Ball State University con- 
tinues. This program allows the 
student to complete two years of 
liberal arts, science and Bible 
courses on the Grace campus and 
then transfer to Ball State for the 
last two years of upper-level 
nursing courses. As a result of 
this approach, the student re- 
ceives a Bachelor of Science in 
Nursing from Ball State Uni- 

Third, opportunity is still pro- 
vided for Registered Nurses, who 
wish to complete a baccaleaurate 
degree outside the field of Nurs- 
ing. Transfer credit is allowed for 
Registered Nurses who have com- 
pleted either the Associate De- 
gree or Diploma in Nursing. With 
the transfer credit, plus two 
years of specified courses, the 

R.N. may complete a B.S. in 
either Life Science or Behavioral 
Science. It must be stressed that 
a B.S. outside the field of nurs- 
ing is not designed for one who 

intends to advance to graduate 
education in nursing, but is in- 
tended only to strengthen areas 
of interest. 


What does all this mean 
for the junior or senior in high 
school who is interested in taking 
nursing at Grace? 

It means there are a num- 
ber of options open to them. 
However, if one is interested In 
taking actual nursing courses at 
Grace, the first option described 
above is the only one available. 
The Associate Degree in Nursing 
(ADN) provides an integration of 

Bible, Behavioral and Natural 
Sciences and Nursing courses, all 
taught on the Grace campus. At 
the completion of two academic 
years plus a summer term, the 
student receives an Associated 
Degree in Nursing and is pre- 
pared to write state licensure 
examinations to become a 
Registered Nurse. The graduate 
is prepared to function in 
structured settings such as general 
hospitals, nursing homes, 
physicians' offices, and so forth. 

It is important that students 
apply early for admission to the 
Grace Nursing Program. Due to 
clinical (hospital) facilities, our 
classes are limited to a small 
number of students admitted 
each September. 


What about clinical 

For the ADN program, 
facilities are located primarily 
within a 10-minute drive from 
campus. The only exception to 
that comes during the summer 
term when the students go to 
Fort Wayne's Parkview Hos- 
pital for experiences in Pedi- 
atrics (care of children) and 
Obstetrics. Locally the students 
provide care for patients in the 
Kosciusko Community Hospital, 
The Bowen Center for Human 
Services, and Miller's Merry 

march '79 

Manor. Through the auspices of 
the Home Health Care Sen/ices 
of Kosciusko County, the stu- 
dent accompanies a Registered 
Nurse as she calls on patients in 
their home environment. 
The Lord has provided Grace 
students with excellent clinical 
facilities. All of the local agencies 
have been built within the past 
two years and provide the most 
modern and up-to-date facilities 
and equipment for quality 
patient care. 


In your own mind, what 
would be the advantages of 
coming to Grace College for 
nursing education? 

The spiritual emphasis . . . 
both personal and professional. 
Frequently, in nursing, one must 
face life-and-death situations. In 
order to be of any value at all to 
the patient and his family, the 
nurse must understand where she 
stands, personally, with the Lord. 
She must have a clearly defined 
philosophy of how to live, as 
well as how to die. In the cur- 
riculum, at Grace, we stress a 
background in basic Bible 
courses as well as integrating 
spiritual applications into nursing 
science. The association with 
fellow Christians and material 
presented from a Christian per- 
spective by Christian professors 
also has a very positive influence. 
Professionally, the student is 

taught to consider the whole 
patient: physically, mentally and 
spiritually. It is my opinion that 
the best way to really learn to 
consider the whole individual is 
to spend time with him; there- 
fore, Grace has incorporated a 
strong clinical component into 
its Nursing courses. Under the 
guidance of Christian Nursing 
faculty, the student spends time 
in the hospital setting during 
each semester (beginning ap- 
proximately one month after 
entering the program). 

^# What are the prospects for 
nurses today? 


The future of today's 
nurse is extremely bright! Nurses 
are no longer the "hand-maiden" 
of the medical profession. Nurs- 
ing is no longer second-best 
(what you choose when you 
can't make it into medical 
school). Nurses are educated to 
analyze situations, make profes- 
sional judgments, act on the basis 
of their assessments and take re- 
sponsibility for their professional 
decisions. It is the nurse who is 
becoming the advocate of the 

There are multiple vacancies in 
many areas of nursing. Most 
hospitals need nurses in general 
areas (that is. Medical Nursing, 
Surgical Nursing) as well as in 
specialty areas (that is. Intensive 
Care Nursing, Emergency Depart- 
ments, Special Care Nurseries, 
and so forth). In a recent survey 
of evangelical mission boards, I 
found that every one had vacan- 
cies for missionary nurses. The 
boards will accept either ADN or 
BSN graduates, but many wish 
additional biblical background. 
There are openings in Nursing 
Education, Nursing Research, in 
the other service organizations. 

such as: the Peace Corp, in 
Industry— the list is endless! 
The neat thing about nursing is 
that your education never ends. 
Continuing education, through 
hospitals and local educational 
facilities, is available everywhere. 
The other special factor is that 
nursing is not just a 9 to 5 job. 
Patients need care around the 
clock. This provides a flexible 
framework which allows the 
R.N. to continue formal educa- 
tion, raise a family, and so forth, 
while maintaining earning power 
and professional status. Obvious- 
ly, I believe that nursing is a 
fantastic profession. As I said, 
the future is very bright! 

%^i In review, Mrs. Woodring, 
perhaps you might share your 
feelings about this new program 
and God's direction in its being 
implemented on our campus. 

I am, personally, very ex- 
cited about the prospects of the 
Nursing Program at Grace. There 
are very few evangelical Christian 
liberal arts institutions in the 
country today which offer nurs- 
ing programs of any kind. I 
believe that we were able to 
achieve the State Board approval 
strictly because this is the Lord's 
timing. Goshen College and 
Purdue University at Fort Wayne 
have come into the Winona Lake 
area and requested use of clinical 
facilities. Had we not contacted 
them at the precise moment last 
school year, we would have lost 
the use of these facilities, and 
without them we would not have 
a program. The fact that the class 
for September 1979 is already 
filled and we have begun a wait- 
ing list, is some indication of 
things to come if we can 
continue to provide quality 
Christian education. 

march '79 

THE JANUARY HONOR ROLL is as follows: 

In Memory of : 

James Gault, Sr. 

Dr. Lloyd E. Fish 
Michael Griswold 
Mrs. Marie Allen 

Mrs. Haral Sturz 

Mrs. Louise Dirks 

Olga Cotton 
Grace D. Hubbard 

Everett E. Smith 

Given by : 

Mrs. John Ide 

Rev. and Mrs. John J. Burns 

Miss Janet Weber 

Mrs. Lloyd E. Fish 

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Cornelius 

Women's Club of San Pedro, 

Grace Brethren Church, 

San Diego, California 
Mrs. Samuel W. Toy 
Eunice WMC, Glendale, 

Miss Janet Weber 
Mrs. Myrna Pitman 
Jane Knudsen 
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wastler 

To share words of "comfort" with someone in a time of sorrow, or to 
express your "best wishes" on some special occasion of joy, is one of the 
nicest things you can do. 

We will be pleased to speed your card of "sympathy," or of "congratula- 
tions," to a loved one, friend or family according to your instructions, im- 
mediately upon receipt of your gift in any amount to Grace Schools. 

Today, let them know you really care. Complete the form below and send 
with your check. The amount will remain confidential. 



Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

' march '79 

Please mail this form with your contribution 

Date Amount enclosed $_ 

Your name Telephone 

Your address 

City State Zip 


(Check one) 

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Mail to: 

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National Institute of Christian c^uiuul Adminisu auun 




Sponsor and Home of the 



July 22-27, 1979 



July 29- August 3, 1979 

E. William Male, Ph.D., Founder and Host 
Roy W. Lowrie, Jr., Ed.D., Director 

' College Programs leading to B.A. and B.S. 

» Seminary Programs leading to M.Div., 
Th.M., and Th.D. Degrees 

• Now offering Summer Programs leading 
to M.A. Degree in Christian School 
Administration and iVl.A. and Th.M. 
Degrees in Missions 

For additional information on any of the above programs write to - 
Dr. Male, c/o Grace College & Seminary, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

march 79 

Make Your Plans now to Attend the 1979 National 
Conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches. August 12-18 at St. Petersburg, Fla. 

This year's conference will be held at the St. 
Petersburg Hilton on the Bay Hotel, St. Petersburg, 
Florida. Special room rates are being offered— 
please make your room reservations with the hotel 
as soon as possible. Write: St. Petersburg Hilton on 
the Bay, 333 First Street South, St. Petersburg, 
Florida 33701; Attention: Reservation Manager. 

Motel, camping and trailer parking information 

is available from the Grace Brethren Church of St. 
Petersburg, 6300 62nd Ave. N., Pinellas Park, 
Florida 33565. 

A total children's conference and the GBC Chris- 
tian Education Convention will be incorporated 
with the national conference program. Also, the 
National Youth Conference will be held simultane- 
ously at Florida Bible College. 


Sunday, 9:30 a.m. -Worship celebration and moderator's 

Sunday afternoon through Monday evening, GBC 

Christian Education in charge 
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 

7:00 a.m. — Prayer breakfast with boards in charge 
8:00 a.m. — Corporation meetings 
8:30 a.m. — Business meetings 
9:30 a.m.- Bible Hour 
10:30 a.m. — Simultaneous sessions 
7:00 p.m. — Music, missionary testimonies, speakers, 
Bible messages 
Wednesday: No meetings — sightseeing 

8:30 a.m. - Simultaneous sessions 
9:30 a.m. — Business meeting 
10:30 a.m. — Climaxing Bible Hour —Jerry Falwell 


Sunday a.m. — "Is This the Time?"— Moderator's Address, 

Dr. David Hocking 
Sunday p.m. — "Time To Rejoice"— CE Awards Rally 
Monday a.m. — "Time To Train"-CE Workshops 
Monday p.m. — "Time To Win" 
Tuesday a.m. — "Time To Pray"— Vice Moderator's Address, 

Rev. Jesse Deloe 
Tuesday p.m.— "Time To Love" 
Wednesday - day off - "Time To Play" 
Thursday a.m. — "Time To Give" 
Thursday p.m. - "Time To Go"— Missions Extravaganza 
Friday a.m. — "Time To Grow" 
Friday p.m. — "Time To Believe" 
Saturday a.m. — "Time To Obey"— Final commitments and 


At left: Fantasyland at Disneyworld in Florida. {Photo by Charles 
W. Turner.) 


APRIL 1970 

Reflections By Still Waters 

Banks on Wheels 
oi* Movable Money 

1 do not know where you grew 
up. or what name you gave to ob- 
jects that are pulled by motor 
vehicles. But where 1 came from, in 
Ohio, and in my generation, we 
called them trailers. Since that time 
there is a more dignified title- 
mobile home. But as they say, "I 
wasn't born yesterday," so if I do 
not watch it I still let the word 
trailer slip out, and embarrass my- 
self in front of my friends. I did 
feel it was stretching the point the 
other day when someone referred 
to such objects as "condominiums 
on wheels." Now that is what you 
call class. 

The other day on the outskirts 
of our town a trailer was placed on 
a lot, and a bank sign went up. This 
is not the first time I have noticed 
tliis around the country as I have 
traveled. Just about all sections of 
our fair land have had such a visita- 
tion. Now to be honest with you, 
the whole thing bothers me just a 
bit. 1 have trouble keeping some de- 
gree of security with my fluid funds 
anyway, and to think about putting 
such fleeting dollars into a trailer 
shakes my security more than I 
like. The thouglit of going by the 
next day, after I make a deposit of 
the hard-earned cash, and not find- 
ina the trailer there c/oes disturb me 

I like a bank of marble and 
pillars that has a good stable look 
to it. If I come back tomorrow my 
money may not be there, but at 
least the bank will be. That is some 
small measure of comfort in this 
fleeting world. All of us are having 
the same problems these days, and 
it is "mobile money." It is gone be- 
fore you can become attached to it 
in any meaningful way. 

Now this problem is not one 
that is too humorous to me any- 
more, nor is it humorous to many 
others. It is a major problem that 
confronts us all. We are people who 
have our citizenship in heaven, as 
Christians, but we are still pilgrims 
and strangers down here. The elder- 
ly are concerned about whether 
those hard-earned dollars of their 
working years will be sufficient to 
meet the needs of their declining 
years. If you have been to the hos- 
pital lately, you might well have 
your heart attack at the check-out 
window when the bill is handed 
out. I saw a cartoon recently of a 
man shoveling dollar bills into his 
furnace and telling his wife he had 
at last found a cheap fuel to burn. 

If the pace is maintained in in- 
flation, I look for some major crises 
in our church circles. The smaller 
and the larger churches are faced 

Charles W. Turner 


with some real tests. How to keep 
the overhead paid— the lights, the 
literature, the salaries, and the mis- 
sions budget. We have not seen the 
full impact of the Energy Bill and 
will not do so for a few years. God 
is the God of all problems, and He 
is able to meet these needs, but He 
has chosen to work througli people. 
It is through God's people that the 
funds come into the offering and 
the needs are met. It is God who 
gives the wisdom and strength and 
energy to get the work done, but 
the hearts must be willing to sur- 
render the funds to the Lord's work 
and will. And when the budget is 
being stretched for personal needs, 
it takes some dedication to turn 
over to the Lord what is rightfully 

It is also the duty and obligation 
of Christian leaders to use wisdom 
in the distribution of these funds. 
Stewardship is not only with the 
giver, it is with the one who re- 
ceives and puts the offerings to its 
proper use. 

So the money is mobile, and it is 
going somewhere. Better pray for 
God's wisdom and put it to use 
where God can be honored. Mean- 
whOe, I will keep an eye on the 
trailer bank— it just might be a sign 
of our times. 

, april 79 

Cover photo by Bill Burk 

35 Years Ago- 1944 

Henry C. Cassel, at the age of 93, went 
to be with the Lord. The history of the 
Brethren could not be told without some 
mention of Henry Cassel. . . . The Iowa Dis- 
trict Conference meeting at Waterloo, will 
hear Dr. Roy L. Laurin. 

15 Years Ago- 1964 

In per capita giving to Foreign Missions, 
Warsaw, Ind., was tops with gifts averaging 
$47.69 per member. . . . Mrs. Thomas Ham- 
mers is national WMC president and Betty 
Hall, national SMM patroness. . . . Charles 
Thornton, pastor of the Buena Vista, Va., 
church was ordained to the Christian minis- 
try. . . . Pompano Beach, Fla., dedicates a 
new church. 

5 Years Ago- 1974 

Sterling, Ohio, dedicates the new land 
for future church construction. . . . Colo- 
rado Springs, Colo., cornerstone is in place. 
... Dr. Vance Yoder appointed acting Aca- 
demic Dean of Grace College, and Grace 
Schools approves a $2.4 million budget. 


Volume 41 Number 4 April 1979 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 

Artist, Jane Fretz 

Production IVIanager, Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 

Knute Larson. Foreign Missions: Rev. John 

Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Schools: Dr. 

Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 

Missions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer. WMC: Linda 


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Dear Reader, 

Through the years you have asked why there has not been more 
devotional material in the Herald. We would answer "there is not 
enough page space." Now there is! Since the Herald is a monthly we 
have opened up more space for such items as the new chOdren's 
page, "Guest Reflections," an occasional cartoon, one of these 
days— a whole page of poems, and an interesting section on Brethren 
personaUties. If you desire, you may submit material for any of 
these sections. 

Sorry, no big pay day for your fine work, but it is an opportunity 
to share your thoughts, and views, and blessings from God. If you 
want your material returned, please send a self-addressed, stamped 
envelope and we will return any unused materials. 

Thanks again for kind comments about the expanded monthly 
Herald. I would like to take the credit, but the good ideas were all 

Sincerely, ^ 


Charles W. Turner 

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Views of Germany— 
the old and the new 

Stop! Look! 
Listen . . . 
to the moving of 
B re til re n Foreign Missions 
in Germany 

april '79 

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_& 6 6 6 6, 

Roger Peugh 

In the mid-1960s a long discussed idea began to 
take shape. Many in the Brethren Church of German 
background or who had served with the U.S. military 
in Germany had discussed sending missionaries to this 
country. Finally in the fall of 1969, the first couple 
entered language school in southern Germany. By the 
end of 1970 they had moved to the Stuttgart area. In 
October of 1971 after an intense search for God's 
place, they moved to Mohringen, a suburb (popula- 
tion of 20,000) on the south end of Stuttgart (popu- 
lation 600,000). 

Similar to the estabhshment of the Brethren mis- 
sion ministry in the Central African Empire, a deep 
prayer foundation had been laid for this work. Hun- 
dreds and hundreds of friends across the United 
States besought God daily for this small beginning. 
Something very exciting happened in answer to 
prayer. God led the missionaries to a small group of 
interested Christians and to a building. 

The building belonged to the German Missions Fel- 
lowship (GMF), an evangeUcal foreign missions send- 
ing agency which supported about 100 Germans who 
were serving in missions in many different countries. 
Due to the growth of their missions' team, their head- 
quarter buUding in Stuttgart-Mohringen had grown 

too small, forcing them to seek larger facilities. Their 
move coincided with the search for housing and a 
meeting place for the start of the Brethren ministry. 

The building contained more than adequate living 
quarters plus an auditorium and office space. Now all 
of that was an exciting answer to prayer— but not the 
greatest: the German Missions Fellowship had prayed 
specifically that someone would use their facilities for 
the Lord's work. Not only was our future landlord in 
agreement with our plans for the building, we were 
also the answer to his prayers! And the prayers of the 
GMF for us did not stop there, but have continued 
since October of 1971. They asked that God would 
do a great thing in Stuttgart-Mohringen. 

It is only in retrospect that we see clearly how 
carefully God planned the state of this ministry. For 
about 13 years before 1971, the GMF had been mak- 
ing friends in the local community and when they 
moved they told their friends, "These new occupants 
of the house believe the same things we do and will 
be carrying on the same missions activity we do over- 
seas, only they wOl do it right here." In other words, 
they gave us all of their friends. To be sure the group 
was small and composed mostly of older people, but 
they were very faithful and God worked. 

By the spring of 1973, a year after starting wor- 
ship services and midweek Bible studies, regular at- 

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tendance had stabilized at about 15. In the fall of 
1973 through a city-wide evangelistic crusade in 
Stuttgart with the Janz team, follow-up contacts were 
referred to us. Through the spring of 1974 God 
brought a number of famOies, some who were already 
Christians and some who had become Christians at 
that time. By the end of 1974, the original 15 had 
grown to about 50 and a sense of excitement for 
God's working filled the air. 

Youth meetings, children's meetings in homes, and 
much personal evangehsm began to be carried on. 
There have been ups and downs, victories and failures 
and we are still learning much about what a New Tes- 
tament church is. It is our goal to be able to count on 
every Christian in the Body to function in his God- 
given role and to train and transfer every area of the 
ministry to local Christians. 

One way we are presently seeing this being prac- 
tically accomphshed is through several home Bible 
studies. These have engaged Christians in small groups 
to be more personally involved. A sense of belonging 
and responsibility replaces the feeling of anonimity 
often present in a larger worship service. The leaders 
of these home groups have started a long-term train- 
ing program to continually increase the quahty of 
their leadership that they may be able to disciple 
more of their neighbors and friends to become dis- 

ciple makers. 

The numerical growth created the need for larger 
facilities. The small room we started in, in 1972, was 
stretched beyond capacity by the growing group of 
people who met together each Sunday and Thursday. 
So the Lord provided wonderful new facUities within 
a three-minute walk of our old ones. They were lo- 
cated in a very easy to find central place in 
Mohringen. These facilities were taken over in the be- 
ginning of October 1976 while the church was under 
the leadership of Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Schneider, 
who were ministering during the regular missionaries' 
short furlough in the United States. 

By the middle of October everything was ready for 
occupancy, and a festival or festive worship service 
was held on the seventeenth of October 1976. It was 
a day of victory and a day of joy in our Lord as we 
entered a new phase of growth. Buildings are only 
tools, however, and we are thankful for the possi- 
bility of using these tools repeatedly over the past 
two years for His glory. 

Personnel on the field is increasing. The first 
couple present in the ministry was Roger and Nancy 
Peugh. They arrived in 1969 with a seven-month-old 
son, Ryan, and since then Philip (1970) and Lamar 
(1976) were born in Germany. Roger is from Harrah, 
Washington, and Nancy is from Akron, Ohio. They 

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met at Grace College and were married in 1965 just 
before Roger began theological studies at Grace 

A TIME team of six persons ministered in Ger- 
many during the summer of 1974, and from 1975 to 
1977, Robert HarreO from Long Beach, Cahfomia, 
ministered through the TIME program in Stuttgart. 
He led children and youth meetings, served in a musi- 
cal ministry, and assisted in countless other ways. 

The first couple to join the Peughs as career mis- 
sionaries was John and Becky Pappas from Columbus, 
Ohio. They arrived with their 14-month-old daughter 
Monica in August of 1977. Daughter Freya was born 
several months after their arrival. They began lan- 
guage school in Tiibingen, about half an hour south 
of Stuttgart. Finished with that phase of their formal 
language study, they are now involved in the Stutt- 
gart-Mohringen ministry for a full year before a final 
decision wiU be made about their long-term ministry. 

Other couples and a single lady are in the final 
stages of preparation to join the team here in the 
greater Stuttgart area. The question we are often 
asked when we share that others are preparing to 
come to join us in the ministry is, "Do you really 
have that much work to do with a group of only 100 
people?" The answer to this question lies not in the 
amount of work involved with a group of this size. 

but in our goal and our vision and our prayers which 
extend far beyond this first nucleus of fine, growing 
Christians. Jesus taught and practiced the principle of 
spiritual multiplication, and it is our hearts' desire 
that God multiply His work here. He is sending more 
laborers that we might be able to capitalize on the 
gains already made. You see, some people who are at- 
tending church here have to travel quite a long dis- 
tance. It would be our greatest joy to see them active 
in a growing missions church in their own communi- 
ty—able to invite their neighbors and friends to be a 
part of a group of Christians meeting locally. 

We also want to expand the present teaching pro- 
gram to be able to offer Bible Institute training for 
those seriously interested in being better prepared to 
serve the Lord. To properly staff such an Institute, 
we need men who are trained in the Word, grounded 
in Christian living, and willing to sacrifice to disciple 
people in this land so they will be disciple makers (see 
2 Tim. 2:2). 

This calls for your continued, intense involvement 
through earnest and believing prayer. Pray for the 
present workers, for the wonderful German congre- 
gation, and for more who are hearing God's Spirit 
call them and are willing to obey the voice of the 
Master by carefully preparing to join the missions 
team in Germany. 

The Roger 
Peugh family 
Oeft to right): 
Philip, Nancy, 
Ryan, Roger 
and Lamar 

The John 

Pappas family 

(left to right): 

Freya, John, 

Monica and 


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Pastor Benjamin Silva, 
North BrazU 

Translated by Ken Burk, 
son of Missionary Bill Burk 

God made man to live in a gar- 
den, but because of sin, man must 
now live on a plot of ground 
cleared from the jungle with con- 
siderable toil. Not only that, but he 
must apply constant effort to main- 
tain his little clearing. If a farmer 
decides to take a vacation for a few 
years, his tract of land will be taken 
over by the jungle, and all his 
previous efforts will be wiped out. 

Every farmer is well acquainted 
with this characteristic of the 
jungle. In spite of constant weeding 
of the field and maintaining of the 
fences, the jungle is still there, wait- 
ing for the owner to get sidetracked 
into some other business. If that 
happens, the jungle invades the 
clearing, and soon the lovely garden 
or well-kept field is turned into a 
thicket of weeds, demonstrating 
once again that nature tends toward 
confusion— trees, thorns and vines 

all tangled together— not toward 
order or neatness. 

But notice that it is not just 
nature that ". . . groaneth and 
travaileth in pain together until 
now." Not just nature, ". . . but 
ourselves also. . ." (see Rom. 
22-23). Our natural tendency is to 
return to our original state, to the 
confusion of sin, pride and laziness. 
Our natural direction isn't toward 
God and godliness, but toward 
egotism and godlessness— that is, 
spiritual death. And not even the 
Christian is free from temptation! 
The believer must constantly, alert- 
ly, dominate the flesh, "because 
your adversary the devil, as a roar- 
ing lion, walketh about, seeking 
whom he may devour" (1 Peter 
5:8). Just as the jungle is constantly 
trying to take over the garden, the 
devil also doesn't rest in his fight 
against the believer. 

Notice how the jungle takes over 
a vegetable patch: it comes in cau- 
tiously, little by little, starting with 
a seemingly insignificant weed in 
some far comer. But when the 
farmer realizes what's happening, 

what were once neat, clean, furrows 
will be weO on the way to becom- 
ing once again a briar patch. Little 
by httle, we stop studying the Bible 
and going to church; and Utile by 
little the devil turns our thoughts 
toward other subjects (even legiti- 
mate ones) so as to keep them away 
from the things of God, but always 
asserting his control gradually and 
unobtrusively. When we stop set- 
ting apart a time every day to study 
the Bible, carnal thoughts will take 
over— not just at that time, but 
throughout the entire day. The 
Christian who stops eliminating 
from his mind those thoughts that 
are not expedient for a child of 
God, will have given up the fight 
before he even reahzes what's hap- 
pening, surrendering his mind, his 
spiritual plot of ground, to the 
chaos of this world. 
He often tells 
^-^1 ^> himself that he's 
S^-B.Vn^ going to reform 
later on, but he 
has already given 
up the battle, httle by little, to the 
enemy: ". . . that old serpent, 
called the Devil, and Satan, which 
deceiveth the whole world . . ." 
(Rev. 12:9). 

The law of the jungle rules this 
entire world. No home, no heart, 
is completely free. But just as there 
are beautiful gardens achieved 
through many years of constant 
care and labor, so also, through the 
grace of God, there are many clean 
and wholesome lives even today. 

The believer who has learned 
that his hfe can be daily cleansed 
and purified through the study of 
God's Word has achieved a Ufe of 
constant communion with his 
Saviour; but that believer doesn't 
put aside his hoe! Rather, he's a de- 
termined, faithful worker, and the 
devil can't take his reward from 

"We know that whosoever is 
bom of God sinneth not; but he 
that is begotten of God keepeth 
himself, and that wicked one 
touchethhim not" (1 John 5:18). 

"Watch yourselves, that you 
might not lose what we have ac- 
complished, but that you may re- 
ceive a full reward" (2 John 8 

april '79 

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Brethren Foreign Missions Finances 


Statement of Income and Expenses for Years Ending 
December 31, 1977 and 1978 




Gifts— General Fund 


89 6% 

General Fund Estates . . . 


Restricted Gifts Fund . . . 



Total Gifts 



Interest— General Fund 


Restricted Gifts Fund . 



Gain from Sale of Prop. & Equip. 


1 .6% 

Annuity Fund Net Income .... 







Administrational— General Fund 

$ 126,179.53 


Promotional— General Fund . . . 


1 1 .2% 

Missionary and Field- 

General Fund 


Restricted Gifts Fund 



Other— General Fund 



Annuity Fund Net Expenses . . . 






Expenses over Income 

$ 54,854.62 



> 988,660.89 

















1 00.0% 

5 116,906.11 

1 0.2% 











1 00.0% 

5 51,484.61 

Churches Give Record Offering 


Aleppo, Pa $ 635.73 

Boswell.Pa 1,138.12 

Coolville.Ohio . . . 367.82 

Coraopolis, Pa. ... 1,200.00 

Cumberland, Md. . . 1,334.62 

Grafton, W.Va. . . . 2,229.41 

Jenners, Pa 2,368.54 

Listie, Pa 14,304.56 

Meyersdale, Pa. . . . 7,792.58 
Meyersdale, Pa. 

(Sumnnjt Mills) . . 1,499.76 

Parkersburg, W. Va. 6,400.26 

Somerset, Pa 74.48 

Stoystown, Pa. 

(Reading) 2,278.57 

Uniontown, Pa. . . . 13,813.81 

Washington, Pa. . . . 4,208.07 

Westernport, Md. . . 784.28 

Allegheny District . 1,216.89 


Brooksville, Fla. . . $ 

Clearwater, Fla. . . . 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

Fort Myers, Fla. . . 

Maitland, Fla 

North Lauder- 
dale, Fla 

Lakeworth, Fla. . . 

Okeechobee, Fla. . . 

Orlando, Fla 

Ormond Beach, 

Pompano Beach, 

St. Petersburg, Fla. . 

Florida District . . . 














$ 61,647.50 


Berne, Ind 

Clay City, Ind. 
Elkhart, Ind. . 
Flora, Ind. . . . 
Fort Wayne, Ind 

(First) .... 
Fort Wayne, Ind 

(Grace) . . . 
Goshen, Ind. . 
Indianapolis, Ind. . 
Kokomo, Ind. . . . 
New Albany, Ind. 
North Kokomo, Ind 
Leesburg, Ind 
Osceola, Ind. 
Peru, Ind. . . 
Sidney, Ind. . 
South Bend, I 
Warsaw, Ind. 
Winona Lake, Ind, 
Indiana District . 

$ 10,073.21 




1 ,892.93 













$ 105,066.48 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa 



Dallas Center, Iowa 


Davenport, Iowa . 


Des Moines, Iowa . 


Garwin, Iowa . . . 


Kansas City, Mo. . 



Longview, Tex. . . 


North English, Iowa 



Waterloo, Iowa . . 


Winona, Minn. . . 








Alto, Mich 



Berrien Springs, 



Hastings, Mich. . . 


Jackson, Mich. . . 


Lal<e Odessa, Mich. 

1 ,668.06 

Lansing, Mich. . . 


New Troy, Mich. . 


Trout Lake, Mich. 






Alexandria, Va. . . 



Chambersburg, Pa. 

1 ,022.40 

Hagerstown, Md. 


Hagerstown, Md 

(Valley) . . 

3 21500 

Hagerstown, Md 


10 059 56 

Hagerstown, Md 

(Maranatha) . 


Martinsburg, W. Va. 


Seven Fountains, 



Washington, D.C. 


6 524 85 

Washington, D.C. 


4 114 80 

Waynesboro, Pa. . 


Winchester, Va. . . 






Philadelphia, Pa. 


Philadelphia, Pa. 


Telford, Pa 

Wrightsville, Pa. . . 

York, Pa 

Northern Atlantic 









Bethlehem, Pa. . . . $ 514.54 

Dillsburg, Pa 2,709.62 

Elizabethtown, Pa. . 5,704.46 

Harrisburg, Pa. ... 6,611.71 

Hatboro, Pa 1,638.57 

Hope, N.J 872.90 

Lancaster, Pa 16,901.25 

Southern Lancaster, 

Pa 2,063.40 

Lititz, Pa 4,326.50 

Manheim,Pa 4,126.65 

Mt. Laurel, N.J. . . . 1,417.50 

Myerstown, Pa. . . . 13,642.48 

New Holland, Pa. . . 7,469.32 

Palmyra, Pa 2,863.00 




Auburn, Calif. ... $ 


Chico, Calif 


Grass Valley, Calif. . 


Modesto, Calif. 

(Big Valley) .... 


Modesto, Calif. 

(La Loma) .... 


Ripon, Calif 


Sacramento, Calif. . 


San Jose, Calif. . . . 


Tracy, Calif 


Nor-Cal District . . . 






Ankenytown, Ohio . $ 


Ashland, Ohio 



Ashland, Ohio 

(Southview) .... 


Bowling Green, Ohio 


Columbus, Ohio 



Columbus, Ohio 



Columbus, Ohio 

(Southwest) .... 

1 ,200.00 

Danville, Ohio . . . 

1 ,730.50 

Delaware, Ohio . . . 


Findlay, Ohio .... 


Fremont, Ohio 



Fremont, Ohio 



Gallon, Ohio .... 


Lexington, Ohio . . 


Mansfield, Ohio . . . 


Mansfield, Ohio 

(Woodville) .... 


Pataskala, Ohio . . . 


Northcentral Ohio 



$ 115,981.12 


Akron, Ohio 

(Fairlawn) $ 1,620.70 

Akron, Ohio (First) 10,255.00 

Canal Fulton, Ohio . 10.00 

Canton, Ohio .... 5,119.88 

Cleveland, Ohio 

(Lyndhurst) .... 925.23 

Cuyahoga Falls, 

Ohio 2,246.00 

Elyria, Ohio 1,244.00 

Homerville, Ohio . . 12,413.46 

Middlebranch, Ohio 


Minerva, Ohio . . . 


Norton, Ohio . . . 


Rittman, Ohio . . 


Sterling, Ohio . . . 


Wooster, Ohio . . 


Northeastern Ohio 



$ 113,208.21 


Albany, Oreg. . . . 

$ 2,160.50 




Beaverton, Oreg. . 


Goldendale, Wash. 


Grandview, Wash. 


Harrah, Wash. . . . 


Kenai, Alaska . . . 

1 ,240.09 

Kent, Wash 


Mabton, Wash. . . 

1 ,365.00 

Prosser, Wash. . . . 


Spokane Valley, 



Sunnyside, Wash. . 


Toppenish, Wash. . 


Troutdale, Oreg. . 


Woodburn, Oreg. . 


Yakima, Wash. . . 


Northwest District 


$ 45,041.38 



Albuquerque, N.Me 


(Heights) .... 

$ 369.87 

Albuquerque, N.Mex. 



Arvada, Colo. . . . 


Beaver City, Nebr. 


Cheyenne, Wyo. . 


Colorado Springs, 



Counselor, N.Mex. 


Denver, Colo. . . . 


Portis, Kans. . . . 


Taos, N.Mex. . . . 


Rocky Mountain 

Region District . 


$ 12,659.93 


Aiken, S.C 

$ 1 ,460.80 

Anderson, S.C. . . 


Atlanta, Ga 


Boones Mills, Va. . 


Buena Vista, Va. . 


Covington, Va. . . 


Johnson City, 



Radford, Va. ... 


Richmond, Va. . . 

1 ,409.42 

Riner, Va 


Roanoke, Va. 

(Clearbrook) . . 


Roanoke, Va. 

(Garden City) . . 


Roanoke, Va. 



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Roanoke, Va. (Patterson 

Memorial) 4,096.52 

Roanoke, Va. (Wash- 
ington Heights) . . 746.56 

Salem, Va 78.33 

Telford, Tenn. . . . 2,998.50 

Virginia Beach, Va. . 852.02 

Willis, Va 175.00 

Southeast District . 5.00 

$ 31,421.67 



Alta Loma, Calif. . 

$ 660.00 

Anaheim, Calif. . . 


Beaumont, Calif. . 


Bell, Calif 


Bellflower, Calif. . 


Cypress, Calif. . . 


Fillmore, Calif. . . 


Glendora, Calif. . . 

1 ,292.00 

Goleta, Calif. . . . 


Hemet, Calif. . . . 


La Verne, Calif. . . 

1 ,243.23 

Lakewood, Calif. . 


Long Beach, Calif. 

(Community) . . 


Long Beach, Calif. 



Long Beach, Calif. 

(Los Altos) . . . 


Long Beach, Calif. 



Los Angeles, Calif. 

(Community) . . 


Mission Viejo, Calif. 


Montclair, Calif. . 


Norwalk, Calif. . . 


Orange, Calif. . . . 


Phoenix, Ariz. 



Phoenix, Ariz. 

(Northwest) . . . 


Rialto, Calif. . . . 

1 ,287.00 

San Bernardino, 


1 586 50 

San Diego, Calif. . 


Santa Maria, Calif. 


San Ysidro, Calif. . 


Seal Beach, Calif. . . 
Simi Valley, Calif. . 
South Pasadena, 


Temple City, Calif. . 

Tucson, Ariz 

West Covina, Calif. . 
Westminster, Calif. . 
Whittier, Calif. 

(Community) . . . 
Whittier, Calif. 


Yucca Valley, Calif. 
So. Calif.-Ariz. 



1 ,425.45 








Brookville, Ohio . . 
Camden, Ohio . . . 
Centerville, Ohio . . 

Clayhole, Ky 

Clayton, Ohio . . . . 
Dayton, Ohio 

(Basore Road) . . 
Dayton, Ohio 


Dayton, Ohio 

(Huber Heights) . 
Dayton, Ohio 

(North Riverdale) 
Dayton, Ohio 

(Patterson Park) . 

Eaton, Ohio 

Englewood, Ohio . . 
Kettering, Ohio . . . 
Sinking Spring, 


Trotwood, Ohio . . 

Troy, Ohio 

Union, Ohio 

Vandalia, Ohio . . . 
West Alexandria, 


Southern Ohio 


$ 197,740.85 


$ 7,925.50 


1 ,200.00 







1 ,693.82 





1 ,500.74 


$ 55,592.25 


Altoona, Pa. (First) $ 2,200.00 
Altoona, Pa. 

(Grace) 2,732.50 

Armagh, Pa 548.68 

Conemaugh, Pa. . . 9,599.45 

Johnstown, Pa. 

(Singer Hill) .... 5,499.90 

Johnstown, Pa. 

(Pike) 12,249,04 

Duncansville, Pa. . . 7,506.99 

Everett, Pa 3,050.25 

Hollidaysburg, Pa. . 4,319.00 

Hopewell, Pa 856.99 

Indiana, Pa 1,453.00 

Johnstown, Pa. 

(First) 12,328.01 

Johnstown, Pa. 

(Geistown) .... 714.67 

Johnstown, Pa. 

(Riverside) .... 3,396.55 

Kittanning, Pa. 

(First) 12,089.57 

Kittanning, Pa. 

(North Buffalo) . 3,205.80 

Martinsburg, Pa. .. 10,626.90 

Milroy, Pa 425.60 

Western Pennsylvania 

District 74.00 


Akron, Ohio 
(Hillwood Chapel) 

Aiea, Hawaii . . . 

Ewa Beach, Hawaii 

Wahiawa, Hawaii . 


National SMM . . 

National WMC . . 

Puerto Rico .... 

National Miscel- 

$ 92,876.90 

1 ,094.89 










Thirty-one Churches Exceed 310,000.00 in Giving 

1. Columbus, Ohio (Grace) $47,286.21 

2. Wooster, Ohio 46,157.92 

3. Long Beach, Calif. (Grace) 40,724.19 

4. Whittier, Calif. (Community) 38,127.40 

5. Winona Lake, Ind 21 ,616.85 

6. Long Beach, Calif. (North) 20,818.62 

7. Sunnyside,Wash ; 20,717.24 

8. Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 19,500.47 

9. Lancaster, Pa. (Grace) 16,901.25 

10. Whittier, Calif. (First) 15,763.40 

11. Dayton, Ohio (First) 15,173.25 

12. Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 14,926.63 

13. Telford, Pa 14,564.69 

14. Listie, Pa 14,304.56 

15. Uniontown, Pa 13,813.81 

16. Myerstown, Pa 13,642.48 

17. Rittman, Ohio 13,245.98 

18. Homerville,Ohio 12,413.46 

19. Johnstown, Pa. (First) 12,328.01 

20. Johnstown, Pa. (Pike) 12,249.04 

21. Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 12,098.93 

22. Kittanning, Pa. (First) 12,089.57 

23. Warsaw, Ind 11,754.56 

24. Modesto, Calif. (La Loma) 11,486.83 

25. South Bend, Ind 11 ,427.88 

26. Martinsburg, Pa 10,626.90 

27. Middlebranch, Ohio 10,572.25 

28. Winchester, Va 10,359.29 

29. Akron, Ohio (First) 10,255.00 

30. Berne, Ind 10,073.21 

31. Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) 10,059.56 

april 79 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 

D Looking for a youth director or assistant pastor? 
Confidential resumes are available upon request from 
GBC Christian Education, Box 365, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590. Those seeking such positions may also 
contact the above address. 

D On March 3, Chaplain Emlyn H. Jones, Lt. Col., 
United States Army, was accepted by unanimous vote 
into the membership of the College of Chaplains. This 
is an organization for chaplaincy clergy who have 
gone through clinical pastoral education. Chaplain 
Jones is currently ministering in a pastoral capacity to 
the staff and personnel of the U. S. Army Chaplains 
School, Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, N. Y. He is a 
member of the Temple Hills, Md., church. 

n The Grace Brethren Church of Hopewell, Pa., re- 
cently dedicated an electric organ and sound sys- 
tem, thanks to help of the members and friends of 
the church. Melvin Van Orman is the pastor. 

D Pastor Warren Tamkin of Hatboro, Pa., is planning 
an 11 -day tour to Israel, Jordan and Egypt. Depar- 
ture date is June 23. For information, he may be con- 
tacted at: 543 McGlynn Rd., Warminster, Pa. 18974. 

DThe 1979 CE Convention will be held on Sunday 
and Monday, August 12-13. The featured speaker will 
be Dr. Henry Brant, psychologist and author, speak- 
ing on personal joy. Also included will be: "Walk 
Tliru The Bible," a cram course, in six hours, on the 
Old Testament. For additional information contact: 
Miss Ginny Toroian, GBC Christian Education, Box 
365, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 

DPaul Dixon, son of Rev. James Dixon, was 
ordained to the Christian ministry on Sunday morn- 
ing, December 24, 1978, in the Grace Brethren 
Church of Greater Washington, Temple Hills, Md. 
Those assisting in the service were: Rev. James 
Dixon, John Burns, Dean Walter, William Grossman, 
Robert Wagner and Larry Gegner. 

n On page 63 of your Annual the phone number of 
the Long Beach Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, 
Calif., should be changed to: 213/595-6881. DThe 
Danville Brethren Church secretary's address (Dan- 
ville, Ohio, p. 71) should be changed to: Mrs. Fred 
Hughett, P.O. Box U, Danville, Ohio 43014 (Tel. 
614/599-7583). D The address of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Chambersburg, Pa. should be: 315 Edwards 
Ave. (p. 74). DThe new address of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Aiken, S.C, is: RR 1, Box 110 B, 
Talatha Church Rd. (p. 76). DThe new address of 
the Grace Brethren Church, Longview, Tex., and of 
Alan Jones, pastor, is: 1809 Laney Dr., Longview, 
Tex. 75601 (p. 76). DThe address and phone num- 
ber for Phillip Guerena, on page 87, should be: Playa 
Cuyutlan 272, Mexico 13, D.F. (Tel. 905/5-90432). 
D Llewellyn Ingwaldson, Box lOI A, Palouse, Wash. 
99161. DEari Summers, 850 Alandale Dr.. Cham- 
bersburg, Pa. 17201 (Tel. 717/264-7457). DPaul 
Woodruff, 4319 N. Vinewood Ave., Indianapolis, Ind. 

Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the 

HALL, Nelson, 66, Feb. 2. Nelson Hall left a body 

wracked with pain and cancer, and slipped into his 

Saviour's presence from Mesa, Ariz. Rev. Mark MaUes, 

who conducted his funeral, reports that Nelson was a 

blessing to visit right up to the end of his days. He 

had the joy of knowing that his son, Jon, was called 

to become pastor of the Heights Brethren Church in 

Albuquerque, N. Mex., before his death. See "A 

Tribute to Nelson Hall" on page 38 of this Herald. 

BERKLEY, Pearl, Feb. 16, member of the Grace 

Brethren Church of Meyersdale, Pa. Ray Davis, 


BRUBAKER, Henry, 89, Feb. 12, member of die 

Grace Brethren Church, Maitland, Fla. Paul Miller, 


HUGHES, John W., 65, Feb. 23, a longtime member 

and friend of the Grace Brethren Church, Johnson 

City, Tenn. Carlton Fuller, pastor. 

SEWELL, John, Feb. 5, Grace Brethren Church of 

Greater Washington, Temple Hills, Md. James Dixon, 


SMITH, Everett, Jan. 19, member of the Brookville 

Grace Brethren Church, Brookville, Ohio. Clair E. 

Brickel, pastor. 

TABER, Floyd, 78, Feb. 2. Dr. Hoyd Taber had been 

weak and ill for months, but clear of mind and strong 

in Spirit till almost the end. His memorial service was 

at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, Winona 

april '79 


Lake, Ind., on Feb. 14, with Dr. Russell D. Barnard 
bringing the message. His two sons, two sons-in-law, 
and two grandsons served as pallbearers. 

Floyd and his bride, Ada, left the U.S. in 1927 for 
medical training in France, and arrived in Africa in 
1937, where they served until retirement in 1973. 
That year, the government of the C.A.R. presented 
him with a medal of honor for long and faithful 
service. More on Dr. Taber in the May issue of the 

"I'VE &£eN Thinking a^ootthb /vr^^/o^ pesm, seoi^ss. 



Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest al- 
ways upon, these new families who join the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald readership. A six-month free subscription to 
the Herald is given to newlyweds whose addresses are sup- 
plied by the officiating minister. 

Catherine Heckman and Edward Sufrich, Sept. 26, 

1978, Lehigh Grace Brethren Church, Bethlehem, Pa. 

Mary Ellen Burks and Wolfgang Fagenhauer, Nov. 18, 

1978, Grace Brethren Church of Greater Washington, 

Temple Hills, Md. 

Karen Lebaron and Mike Euculano, Dec. 17, 1978, 

Grace Brethren Church, York, Pa. 

Pam Hewkin and Bill Sanders, Dec. 23, 1978, Grace 

Brethren Church of Greater Washington, Temple 

Hills, Md. 

Kim Sanford and Mark Howell, Jan. 5, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Ashland, Ohio. 

Diane Wright and Roy Sarracino, Jan. 6, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Jeri Dean and Donald McNulty, Jan. 13, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, Cahf. 

Beth Hively and Tom Stone, Jan. 13, Grace Brethren 
Church, York, Pa. 

Mary Ellen Downey and Richard Farrington, Jan. 27, 
Lehigh Grace Brethren Church, Bethlehem, Pa. 
Barbara Mayes and Buck Summers, Feb. 2, Grace 
Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio. 
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Dennison, Feb. 3, Grace Brethren 
Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

Cindy Benton and Allen Troyer, Feb. 24, Grace 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Cahf. 


Grace Brethren Church, Steriing, Ohio, April 29-May 
6, Dr. Raymond E. Gingrich, speaker. 

DNew York (EP)— Statistics released here by the 
American Bible Society (ABS) show that at least one 
book of the Bible had been published in 1,660 lan- 
guages and dialects by the end of 1978, an increase of 
29 languages over the 1977 count. 

Other figures reported in the annual ABS Scrip- 
ture count show that the complete Bible has been 
published in 268 languages, New Testaments in 453, 
and portions in 139. 

Africa ranks as the region with the largest number 
of languages in which at least one book of the Bible 
has been translated (482), followed by Asia with 428 
languages and Latin America with 269. 

D Santa Clara, Calif. (EP)— Sports Ambassadors, the 
impact ministry of Overseas Crusades, plans to send 
out 12 teams— 8 basketball, 2 baseball and 2 soccer— 
to minister to Asia, Africa and South America, this 
year. This will be Sports Ajnbassadors' twenty-eighth 
year of taking the Gospel to foreign lands through 
this unique and somewhat unorthodox way of reach- 
ing out. Through literature, public testimony at the 
games, and witness as they play, these 160 Christian 
athletes will touch the lives of countless thousands 
this summer. 

The teams' schedules call for ministry in over 30 
countries, working with the local church via "athletic 
evangelism." The teams also have a unique ministry in 
bringing together and unifying the body of Christ, 
which takes place as the players preach and share 
Christ in the stadiums of the many countries to be 

D Chicago (EP)-A letter to the editor in the Feb. 
issue ol Moody Monthly magazine states: 

"Ordinarily I am not the kind of person to write 
letters to magazine editors. However, in this case I 
felt I had to." End of letter. 

april 79 

^Mk. m.MKMk Mk.. 


Brad Skiles 

Promotional Secretary 

Editor's note: "Planned Parent- 
hood" is a result of an interview 
Mr. Skiles had with Pastor Kenneth 
Churchill while vacationing in Cali- 
fornia. The Bible Brethren Church 
of Glendora, California, became a 
home mission point on March 1, 
1975, and went self-supporting 
January 1, 1978. In 1977 the 
church planted a work at Alta 
Loma, California, where Rev. Gary 
Nolan is now the pastor. 

What would your church do if it 
found itself surrounded by an es- 
tablished, non-growing community 
and located on a growth-restricting 
parcel of land? For the Bible Breth- 
ren Church of Glendora, California, 
such obstacles became a basis for a 
church planting strategy. Under the 
leadership of Pastor Ken Churchill, 
the Glendora Brethren have a vision 
for church growth that carries them 
far beyond their city limits. 

"Realistically, we know that be- 
cause of our location, the kind of 
church we are and the place in 
which we Uve, it (the Glendora 
church) probably isn't becoming a 
super church, not at all. We always 
want to be reaching as many people 
as we can-more than likely, that 
will be through starting new 
churches," says Pastor Ken. 

The vision for growth that is cur- 
rently shared by Pastor Ken and his 
congregation has not only resulted 

in an early self-supporting status, 
but also has provided a daughter 
church at Alta Loma, with more on 
the way. But the Glendora Grace 
Brethren Church has not always 
been a vibrant, growing ministry. 
Prior to Mr. ChurchUl accepting the 
home mission pastorate, the church 
door had been closed for 18 

Looking back to his arrival on 
September 1, 1975, Ken recalls, 
"One of the biggest advantages that 
we had was that the church had 
closed down. Now that to me was a 

Starting with just eight mem- 
bers, whose medium age was 82, 
and having a total of 20 "at- 
tenders," Ken was in a model situ- 

ation—the people were open to 
change and instruction, and had a 
desire to grow. Taking advantage of 
the circumstances. Ken was able to 
build a foundation for church 
planting. Teaching that God's will 
for the local church is growth, and 
that one method for church growth 
is through planting other churches- 
the people "just kinda' assumed 
that was natural; that was the way 
it is suppose to be." When God 
brought Alta Loma into the pic- 
ture, the church was more than 
willing to support such a venture. 

To a large extent, the vision for 
Glendora and Alta Loma originated 
in a Glendora layman— Ken Shively. 
"Ken had a vision of what could 
happen up here and he kinda' 

april 79 

Planned Parenthood involves a vision. 
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Shively had a 
vision for Glendora. 

Planned Parent- 
hood leads to 
enthusiasm. Here 
it's demonstrated 
in a Sunday school 

hounded the leaders of our district 
to get behind this situation. No one 
really beUeved him . . . until (Rev.) 
Don Carter came up here and got 
involved in a Bible study," states 
Pastor Churchill. 

After Mr. Churchill moved into 
the work, it was Ken Shively that 
first approached the pastor about 
the potential at Alta Loma. Recog- 
nizing that Alta Loma was on the 
verge of a residential construction 
boom, Shively suggested the possi- 
bility of planting a church in that 
community. Pastor Ken appreci- 
ated the insight, committed it to 
the Lord, but didn't anticipate 
God's timing for such a young re- 
vitalized ministry, hi less than 10 
months after Pastor Ken's arrival. 

God led one dedicated Alta Loma 
family and the small nucleus of 
Glendora believers into a con- 
sistent midweek Bible class. 

As the Bible study began to 
grow Pastor Ken encouraged the 
people to commute to Glendora on 
Sundays. "There was a temptation 
to make it just a Bible study, but I 
had a feeling that that was all that 
would remain— until they had a 
feeling for the church. So we kinda' 
put a little pressure on." 

But Ken admits that they moved 
a little too fast. "We were forcing 
it; it just didn't seem to chck. So 
we stopped it. . . ." 

Two weeks later Ken received a 
phone call from the Fairchilds, the 
key Alta Loma family. Agreeing 

Plaimed Parenthood 
needs a leader. Pastor 
Kenneth Churchill leads 
his congregation in their 
church planning strategy. 

that the work needed to continue, 
the Bible study was started again, 
but with a whole new atmosphere— 
"// God wants a church out here, 
then we will start a church!" Once 
such a decision was made, the 
ministry rapidly developed and the 
group of believers that once drove 
to Glendora for church, formed 
their own church. But even in the 
"spin-off church that developed, 
God's timing and purpose was evi- 

"That was the neat thing. That 
people like the Fairchilds met a 
need while they were here with us. 
Then when that need was met, God 
moved them ; not before. 

"By the time they were ready to 
leave, they were so much a part of 
us that they left a hole. That first 
Sunday ... we saw the hole ... in 
Sunday school, in leadership, in 
music and in our budget. I could 
see it on the faces of so many of 
our people," recalls Ken. 

Although that first Sunday was a 
shock, God was able to turn that 

april 79 

Ah m_ A A 

Planned parenthood 
results in changed lives. 

Planned Parenthood creates 
hearty appetites hungry for the 
Word of God. 

discouragement into a new prayer- 
ful concern for Alta Loma. As the 
Glendora church stayed in fine tune 
with God, He continued to bless. 
Within three months, the thirty 
people that remained in Alta Loma 
were more than replenished in the 
Glendora ministry. 

"We didn't try to go out and 
shake the bushes, God supphed our 
needs," says Pastor Ken. "I really 
believe that if we would have tried 
to hold onto that bunch (the Alta 
Loma group), we would have lost 
them and God would not have 
honored us." 

For some churches, such church 
planting efforts would suffice for 
any responsibility or burden felt in 
the next five years. But not so with 
Glendora. Ken and his deacons are 
already talking about beginning the 
process for a spin-off church in 
1979, if the Lord directs. 

"This was an easy birth. The 
next one will hurt us. But there 
won't be any problem. We are com- 
mitted to it." And committed they 
are. As the people pray about the 


Morning Worship Attendance 

*Projection based on growth pattern from January 1975 to July 197' 

Planned Parenthood results in growth. Multiplying their ministry, God has blessed the 
Glendora Grace Brethren Church in their own growth, and their accumulated effective- 
ness. Planting Alta Loma, at a 43 percent decrease, the Bible Brethren Church is now 
averaging over 125 in morning worship attendance. The true results of their vision is 
seen in the combined growth of both Glendora and Alta Loma. 

possibilities, Ken makes frequent 
trips to the potential communities 
of Chino and Diamond Bar. Sitting 
downtown, watching and talking 
with people, and keeping an eye on 
real estate sales. Ken gets a feel for 
the future ministry. Desiring to 
combine resources with another 
neighboring Brethren church, a 
joint church planting venture could 
be unlimited. 

Althougli Ken leads his church 
in the vision, he has been assisted 
and influenced by many. "No one 
family or one person has enough 
time or enough gifts to do it," he 
says. UtUizing the avaOable gifts 
within the church, the Glendora 
church is growing because of laity 
involvement and support. 

Also contributing to his vision 
has been his background as a "mis- 
sionary kid," two of Gene Getz's 
books*, and the "McGavem/Arn 
Church Growth Movement." Re- 
calling an impact that was made 
upon him at National Conference, 
Ken refers to a statement made by 
Dr. David Seifert— "You always 
ought to have two churches in your 
mind. The church that is here . . . 
and the church that you dream of." 
Ken has certainly applied that chal- 
lenge and realisticaUy dreams of a 
parent church with a multiplying 

*Sharping The Focus Of The Church 
(Moody Press, 1974) and The Measure 
Of A Church (Regal Books, 1975, Gos- 
pel Light PubUcations) 

'april '79 

Mt Ah ML A A , 

Home Missions Dividend — 
new Staff Member 

The Brethren Investment Foundation added to its staff Miss Cynthia 
Ashman on February 1, 1979. "Cindy," as she is known, is the daughter 
of Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth B. Ashman, Wooster, Ohio. She will be filling 
the position of Booidceeper-Teller in the Brethren Investment Founda- 

"Cindy" comes with a background of experience the Lord has given 
her for this kind of work. She is a graduate of Grace College, and fol- 
lowing graduation in 1977 she served one term as a short-term mission- 
ary to the Central African Empire. Since returning from Africa, she has 
been employed by the Wayne Savings and Loan, Wooster, Ohio. 

Dr. Ashman was one of the first Brethren Home Missions pastors in 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. Through the years, the 
First Brethren Church of Wooster, Ohio, has witnessed a large number 
of missionaries going into Home and Foreign Missions service. "Cindy" 
is the second member from Wooster First Brethren to join the office 
staff. It was 26 years ago that Miss Louise Blankenship moved to 
Winona Lake to serve the Lord as the Brethren Home Missions Council Bookkeeper. 

The financial dividends we receive from our investments may seem important to us, but how much more 
important to God the dividends in lives that are redeemed, dedicated and serving Him. 

We thank God, the Wooster church, and Dr. and Mrs. K. B. Ashman for sending us "Cindy," and we welcome her 
on the BIF staff. 

Help us say, 

When a home mission church wants to build its first building, we hate to tell them the money is not available. 
Several home mission churches are planning to build this year and we would like to say, "Yes." You can help by 
opening a savings account with the Brethren Investment Foundation or by adding to your existing account. Church 
construction costs are higher than ever and, unless we experience a good increase in deposits, we may not be able to 
finance the projects scheduled for this year. 

Help us say, "Yes." 

Please write today for more information. 

The Brethren Investment Foundation 

Box 587, Brethren Missions Building, Kings Highway • Winona Lake, Indiana • 46590 

april 79 

Why go iSelf iSupportiug? 

Why go self-supporting? 

"Because everybody knows a Home Missions church should become independent." 
"Because that church in Ohio did it." 
"Because we've reached our five-year plan." 
"What will people think if we don't?" 
How would you answer the question? Suppose your pastor asked you, as a layman, to head- 
up a self-supporting committee. Knowing that the Brethren Home Missions Council has finan- 
cially assisted your church since its beginning, the pastor thinks it may be time to release such 
support. Your mission, as committee chairman, is to find a reason as to why your church 
should become independent from the Council's financial support. What's your answer? 

In an effort to refresh our memories as to what self-support is all about, the Brethren Home 
Missions Council has asked six former home mission pastors to respond to some self-supporting 
questions. In the first part, of the three-part series, the pastors are asked: 

Why did Your Church go Self Supporting? 

Pastor Ed 
Why? honor 

to God 

by trusting 

Kenai, Alaska, Grace Brethren Church. Mr. Jackson arrived on the field in 
September of 1974. A home mission church since 1969, Kenai GBC went self- 
supporting on August 6, 1978. 

The truth of the matter is that God has so blessed in our growth that we 
really had no choice but to honor Him. The best way to do that was to exercise 
our faith and go self-supporting. Answers to prayer in all of our areas of growth, 
both in the Body and in the building, were so numerous that our going self- 
supporting was two years ahead of schedule. 

Pastor Milan 
Why? create 



Saddleback Grace Brethren Church, Mission Viejo, California. Saddleback GBC 
became a home mission point on July 1, 1977, and went self-supporting 18 
months later. 

/ believe there are several reasons why we decided to go self-supporting. 
First of all, I think as pastors, we always need to seek to make progress within 
our churches in one way or another so that the people can always see that 
forward direction is being made. Secondly, I belfeve that it is important that we 
should always seek to stretch the faith of our congregation. Thirdly, as quickly 
as possible we wanted to place the responsibility of supporting the local church 
where it ought to be; namely, upon the people within the church and not upon 
other churches. There is a problem that can develop of fostering an unhealthy 
dependence on outside help. 

The fourth reason was that we felt we needed to be good stewards of God's 
money. We were at a point where we were able to support ourselves, yet there 
was no other clear direction with respect to property or building. Therefore, we 
felt that the money we were using could be better used in starting other 
churches. Lastly, we felt it was important to go self-supporting to give the 
people a sense of accomplishment and joy in the establishment of a new Grace 
Brethren church. 

april '79 

mnt. iiiiij>,. <ii]iii. Mint Ml 

Pastor Kenneth 


motivating for 

growth and 


Pastor Steve 

...stepping out to 

serve and 



Pastor Ron 



on God, 

to learn true 

self esteem 


Pastor Robert 

to give 

Next month: The Benefits of Self-Support. 

The Bible Brethren Church of Glendora, California, became a home mission 
church on March 1, 1975, and went self-supporting January 1, 1978. 

A t the very outset of our ministry togetfier, ttie people of our church set 
some goals we wanted to attain, one of which was to go self-supporting as soon 
as possible. This was kept in mind in the setting of priorities of growth and 
financial expenditures. 

A t the risk of being misunderstood, I feel we had an "independent" streak 
and wanted to get out on our own as soon as possible. Much of this was 
motivated by the feeling that this would be one practical way to be involved in 
Home Missions— releasing money directed our way toward newer home mission 

The Grace Brethren Church of Aiken, South Carolina, became a home mission 
church on IViarch 1 , 1 975, and went self-supporting on January 1 , 1 979. 

Aside from the basic assumption that a dependent church will someday be 
self-supporting, there are three basic reasons why we took that step. First, our 
lack of dependence allows Home Missions to open new fields. Secondly, our 
lack of dependence enables us to focus our attention more on the importance of 
church planting— locally through church extension, nationally through the 
Brethren Home Missions Council and internationally through the Foreign 
Missionary Society. Finally, our step serves as an encouragement to other 
"dependents" to step out 

became pastor of the Bowling Green, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church in July 
1978. After 11 years as a home mission church. Bowling Green went self- 
supporting on January 1, 1979. 

As we were considering the possibility of going self-supporting, there were 
two driving desires of our congregation. First, we wanted to develop our own 
integrity as a local church. We felt that the move was necessary to establish our 
"self-image, " "self-esteem, " as a local church; having had outside support for 
quite some time. 

Secondly, we felt that we wanted to demonstrate our faith in God; it became 
a faith venture for us. Should not the people of God depend upon Him? We had 
great peace about committing our financial concerns to our great God. 

Grace Brethren Church of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. Pastor Spicer arrived on the 
field in 1970. After 11 years as a home mission church, Mt. Laurel went self- 
supporting on January 1, 1978. 

/ suppose the ultimate answer to that question is that the Scriptures consist- 
ently teach that we ought to desire to minister rather than to be ministered to. 
Therefore, it seems that it would be the will of God for a home mission church 
to go self-supporting in order to reach maturity and thus be better able to help 
other churches or missions, thereby ministering. 

Two other factors played a part also. I suppose that the natural desire for 
independence served to motivate us to a great degree. Just as a youngster has an 
innate ever-increasing desire to "try out his own wings," so does a healthy 
church. Further, I am certain that the encouragement of the Brethren Home 
Missions Council to go self-supporting played a real part in our decision as well. 
The continuous awareness of the Five- Year Plan for self-support was a constant 
reminder that we should be on our own. 

april '79 

Why a new Home Missions 

Rev. Luke E. Kauffman, Chairman 
BHMC Constitution Revision Committee 

Have you ever taken the time to read your church's 
constitution? Do you believe that your church could 
operate without a constitution? 

What is the purpose of a church constitution? Put- 
ting it simply, it is an outline of the church's local 
government. The constitution serves as a necessary 
tool by informing those joining the church how they 
can expect the church to function. It is also an impor- 
tant reminder to those who serve within the church 
that there are certain rights and responsibilities of 
officers and members upon which all agree when they 
join the church. 

Have you ever wondered if a church constitution 
should be revised once it has become a part of the 
church's history? It is always appropriate to revise 
that constitution whenever a part or its whole appear 
to be out of line with the clear mandates of the Word 
of God. Sometimes the constitution is revised because 
it no longer serves the common consent of the pres- 
ent membership. 

Today there is much movement toward revising 
church constitutions in the area of changing the for- 
mat of the church board. Many churches are going 
back to a New Testament teaching on the plurality of 
church elders. 

Many of our pastors who serve in home mission 
churches have begun to ask the Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council (BHMC) Board what it feels about the 
biblical teaching on the plurality of elders within the 
local church. Realizing that this is a basic and an es- 
sential question for the Board's consideration, it ap- 
pointed a committee over a year ago to research the 
question and bring back a report to the Board con- 
cerning a possible BHMC constitutional revision. 

The birth of a new Brethren Home Missions con- 
stitution was conceived by reflecting upon the Fel- 
lowship of Grace Brethren Churches' motto, "The 
Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible." 
The Home Missions Board of Directors believes that 
in starting Grace Brethren churches we must base 
everything on a clear directive from the Word of God. 
It is with real joy and anticipation that the Board ap- 
proved in August 1978, a new constitution based 
upon the truth that the Bible clearly teaches that 
every local church ought to have a church board in 
which every member meets the qualifications for 
eldership as outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and in 
Titus 1:5-9. 

It is the biblical conviction of Brethren Home Mis- 
sions that the term for elder and bishop within the 
New Testament is not a term simply reserved for 
the professional "clergy." Instead, we believe that the 
term elder (Presbuteros in Greek) means one who is 
appointed to have the spiritual care of, and to exer- 

cise oversight over the local church. Eldership should 
not be appHed only to the pastor or missionary who 
holds membership within the local church. The Bible 
teaches that the local church is to be ruled by elders 
of which one or more may be the pastor-teacher: 
"Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of 
double honor, especially they who labor in the word 
and doctrine" (1 Timothy 5:17). This text indicates 
that there are at least two different kinds of elders 
within the local church. There are those who are ad- 
ministrative elders, and there are those who have 
added to their administrative gifts the call to teach 
and preach the Word of God. One might say that 
there are lay elders and pastor-teacher elders within 
the local church. 

The Early Church believed that a plurality of 
elders was essential and vital to the success of every 
local congregation: "And when they had ordained the 
elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, 
they commended them to the Lord, on whom they 
believed" (Acts 14:23). It also is quite clear that the 
Early Church in Ephesus had a plurality of elders in 
its membership according to Acts 20:17 "And from 
MeUtus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of 
the church." Reading further in the same chapter 
Paul tells the elders in verse 28 to "Take heed there- 
fore unto yourselves, and to aU the flock, over which 
the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers. . . ." One 
can easily see that the New Testament church was 
functioning under a local body of leaders who were in 
turn reporting to the Lord on behalf of the congrega- 
tion. These men were caUed overseers or bishops. The 
term for elder or bishop is an interchangeable word 
within the New Testament. In Hebrews 13:7 and 17 
the emphasis again is based upon the local body of 
men who are called upon to supervise the local 
church: "Remember them which have the rule over 
you, who have spoken unto you the Word of God: 
whose faith follow, considering the end of their con- 
versation. Obey them that have the rule over you, and 
submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as 
they that must give account, that they may do it with 
joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for 

The Bible indicates that God wiU supply the body 
of men who are quahfied by their life style to oversee 
His local church. The test of whether a church is 
founded by God is not based upon the church's 
financial ability, neither its length of existence as a 
Bible class, nor its ability to purchase property that 
satisfies all the zoning laws of its local community. 
The real test of whether God has brought into ex- 
istence the local congregation is based upon His 
sovereignly equipping that congregation with male 
leadership who meet the standards set forth in 1 
Timothy and Titus. If, after several years of exist- 
ence, that local Bible class or beginning congregation 
has no qualified men to lead, then it ought to become 

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self-evident that God has not placed His hand of 
blessing upon the establishment of that particular 
church. If God called a church into existence, He is 
duty bound to supply His leadership. 

What are the changes which the above brief discus- 
sion brought to the new BHMC constitution? First of 
all, the constitution no longer calls for a ballot at the 
annual business meeting where two or three people 
"run" for the same office, after which one or two 
"losers" are later announced to the entire body of be- 
lievers. If 10 offices must be filled by the congrega- 
tion, and 20 or more names are posted as qualified 
leaders. Brethren Home Missions believes that it is a 
waste of God's gifted church leaders to retire at least 
10 or more "losers" just because they didn't win in 
the annual election. These who lost, in turn, must lay 
aside their talents. These talents wUl be inactive for 
perhaps a year or more. Instead of running against 
somebody on the annual baUot for a church office, 
the new BHMC constitution calls for a list of individ- 
uals who are presented to the church as candidates 
for the board of elders, commonly called the church 
board. Behind the name of each individual is an op- 
portunity given to vote "yes" or "no" for that per- 
son's being placed on the board of elders. The local 
church must ask this question: Does each one of 
these potential church leaders meet the qualifications 
set forth in 1 Timothy 3, and Titus 1? 

The constitution calls for a minimum of three 
elders comprising the membership of the local church 
board. One of these elders will always be the pastor- 
teacher, whenever the church has a resident pastor. 
The other two members of the board may be lay 
elders, who are not necessarily called by God to labor 
in the Word and doctrine as do the "clergy." 

What are the powers which the board of elders has 
as compared to the original official board or church 
council? The constitution reads that "the confirma- 
tion of the oversight of this board of elders shall be 
tested by: 

(1) Congregational approval on pastor, elders, 
deacons, deaconesses, and all standing min- 
istries and commissions. 

(2) Congregational approval of all financial 
indebtedness and all salaries paid by the 

(3) Congregational approval on any and all 
amendments to the constitution. 

(4) The Board may at any time request the 
voice of the congregation on matters of 
particular significance." 

All power within the local church remains resident 
within the voting membership. The board of elders is 
not a dictatorial board. Instead, it is to do all of its 
homework and present to the church the evidence of 
its prayer and vision, trusting that the Lord wiQ con- 
firm in the hearts of the church electorate the board's 

Another innovation in the new Brethren Home 
Missions constitution is that the church board of 
elders is now empowered to select which of its own 
members will be in charge of the various ministries 
within the church, such as, the commission of 
finance. Christian education, properties, benevolence, 
ordinances, missions, and so forth. It is preferred that 
a board member chair various committees or commis- 
sions on which deacons comprise the rest of the 

various committees' memberships. The deacons, too, 
are examined according to 1 Timothy and their 
names are submitted to the congregation for its final 
approval. No longer does the church need to elect 
trustees, a Sunday school superintendent, or a church 
clerk, and so forth. These functions are aligned by the 
church board within itself whenever it organizes an- 

The new BHMC constitution teaches that the most 
important part of church leadership is to find the 
man who meets the qualifications for the office of 
elder, not a man who is primarily a good bookkeeper 
to serve as church treasurer, or a good carpenter to be 
the church trustee. This local board is to lead by its 
quality of spiritual maturity, not primarily by its 
quality of vocational skills. 

Another change in the new constitution calls for a 
discontinuation of the specified 30 percent of the 
membership be present at the business meeting for a 
necessary quorum. Now, the new paragraph on 
quorum reads, "Those qualified members present at 
any duly-called business meeting shall constitute a 
quorum required for the transaction of business. AU 
congregational decisions require a two-thirds vote." 
Brethren Home Missions believes that unless there is a 
strong unanimity within the congregation, the Spirit 
of God cannot bless a simple majority vote. 

One might ask whether anything has been retained 
in the previous 1939 constitution? Yes, the State- 
ment of Faith is identical to what the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches has approved. Brethren 
Home Missions is a service organization of the FGBC, 
and is committed to teach and defend the Fellow- 
ship's Statement of Faith. 

Another item which has not been changed in the 
new constitution is that the charter is identical to the 
1939 paragraph which states that the local church is 
entitled to estabhsh its autonomy whenever it is 
financially able to support its own interests. We be- 
Ueve that as long as the FGBC is supporting a home 
mission church through finances, the church is gra- 
ciously obliged to look to the Council for her leader- 
ship and advice. Whenever she no longer needs 
national financial assistance, a church is at liberty to 
become an independent body within the Fellowship. 

The BHMC Board has voted unanimously in its 
August 1978 session that all new home mission 
churches which are established after September 
1979, shall adopt the new constitution which is based 
on the bibhcal doctrine of the plurality of local 
church elders. All churches under the direction of the 
CouncO which have been established prior to that 
date, are entitled either to keep the traditional 1939 
constitution or begin the process of adopting the new 

Much appreciation is expressed to the board 
members who served with the chairman on the Con- 
stitution Revision Committee: Dr. James Custer, Rev. 
John Mayes, Dr. Lester Pifer, Rev. Kenneth Teague, 
Dr. Robert Thompson, and Rev. WUUam Tweeddale. 

The BHMC was greatly encouraged by the tremen- 
dous support given by the pastors of our fellowship 
of churches who were taught the new constitution at 
both the western and eastern workshops this spring. 

It is the anticipation of Brethren Home Missions 
that this new constitution will enhance the quaUty 
of leadership in our brotherhood across America! 

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A Brethren Personality 

Starting Over 

Dorothy Hsu 

Editor's note: Dorotiiy Hsu is a 
preschool teacher in the Worthing- 
ton, Ohio, Christian Schools. She is 
the author o/ Mending, released 
earlier this year by the David C. 
Cook Publishing Company, Elgin, 
Illinois. She has two daughters and 
attends Worthington Grace Breth- 
ren Church. This article reprinted 
from Decision, February 1979. 

For me, it was my husband. For 
you, it might be your wife, your 
cliild, your parent. But for each of 
us, it is a shattering crisis, one we 
never dare really think about. I al- 
ways lived with the secret dream 
that my husband and I would de- 
part earth togetlier. Perhaps in the 
rapture. But the unbelievable, the 
impossible, happened. He died! 
Now what? How do I cope? 

I cry. That seems obvious, I 
suppose, but for me it's difficult. 
My family was a stoical one, and I 
never saw my parents cry. I learned 
to hold back the tears, and now 
they don't come easily, especially 
with other people near. But alone 
in my room I cry. I sob by my bed- 
side on the Lord's shoulder till I am 
able to stand up again. I square my 
shoulders and march once more 
into the battle of car pools, four 
year olds, and fixing meals (for 
only three now). 

I pray. Often! When I can't sleep 
at 3:00 a.m., I lie quietly on my 
bed and pray. When I wake up 
earlier than usual, I pray. I also set 
aside a specific time each day. I tell 

the Lord exactly how I feel. Some- 
times I don't say a word. I just 
kneel, mute before the Lord, too 
emotionally drained to phrase a 
throught, and I allow the Spirit 
to intercede for me. That's praying 
too. I write a list and pray methodi- 
cally for others. I pray more 
effectively now since I've experi- 
enced the death of someone close 
to me. I feel more deeply and 
understand more clearly the needs 
of others. 

I read the Word. I devour it. I 
buy a notebook and write 
"contentment" on the first page! I 
mark down every verse I can find 
on the topic. I pray as I read, 
"Teach me Uke Paul to be con- 
tent." I do the same with other 
words: "suffering," "waiting," 
"patience." I copy down Psalm 
16:8 on a scrap of paper and stick 
it to my refrigerator with a magnet.- 
I put another verse on the visor of 
my car and one on the ledge over 
my sink. I memorize them. I learn 
to discipline myself. I read even 
when I feel too depressed to read, 
too weary to open my Bible. I read, 
and it helps when nothing else does. 

I read other books too. I find 
Mourning Song, by Joyce Landorf, 
in my mailbox and the book helps 
me cry. That's good. I search the 
Christian bookstore. I pass by the 
section on marriage, now wincing 
when I consider how faithfully I 
had practiced my "fascinating 
womanhood." I discover /on/ and 
reaUze I'm fortunate. 

I sing. I sit at my piano and let 
the words spOl from my ripped 

heart. I sing "It Is Well with My 
Soul" and "Great Is Thy Faithful- 
ness." It helps. I listen to others 
sing and crumble inside when 
"Through It All" is played on the 
Christian radio station just when I 
need it the most. 

I write. Sometimes at 5:00 a.m., 
when sleep taunts me, I pick up my 
pen and write a long letter. I write 
many notes, some addressed to 
widows I've never met, some to 
close friends, some to a dear aunt 
and uncle. Often I simply scratch 
my thoughts on scraps of paper and 
tuck them away in a drawer. Ex- 
pressing the hurt seems to lessen it. 
So I keep my mind and fingers busy 
by writing it down. 

I accept help. I accept Alice's 
invitation to dinner for my girls and 
me. I let Joe mow my lawn and 
Norb remedy my electrical prob- 
lem. I sometimes wish there were 
more offers, for I'm still too proud 
to ask for help myself. (Except in 
those desperate moments when the 
faucet breaks!) 

I look around me. I see Jeff 
across the street, severly injured in 
a car accident, and I bake cookies 
to take over. I tell the family I will 
pray, and I do. I send a note to a 
bereaved mother. I visit her. I see 
other widows hurting and with 
others start a self-help group in 
church. In reaching out to people I 
benefit too. I discover, after a time, 
that I'm stronger emotionally and 
spiritually. I still sometimes cry— or 
want to— but find myself asking 
with anticipation, rather than with 
dread, "Okay, Lord, what's next?" 

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hoping to help in Christian ed, 
youth, and church growth 

Happy Resurrection 

I don't know if you heard the news yet. 

We're supposed to pass it around, but not every- 
one is saying anything. 

It is pretty important. 

But of course there's a lot to talk about, what 
with the conning of spring and closeness to the end 
of school and all that. 

And then there's all the important news about 
the NBA playoffs, start of the baseball year, finan- 
cial speculation, and the Middle East. The head- 
lines do get crowded, and there are so very many 
tragic facts that must be shared. 

This better news I'm talking about we're sup- 
posed to get to everyone possible, as soon as we 
can. But it does seem as if not everyone wants to 
hear, and it isn't all that easy to get the word around. 

But I did wonder if you've heard, and if you will 
help spread the word: 

He is risen. 

April and May: two of 
our Very Good Friends 

A special time to give to GBC Christian Education— April 
and May. All year long we're hoping to help and appreciat- 
ing your help so we can. But in April and May we ask for 
your extra help, a giant push in Grace Brethren churches. 

We get letters, many of them seeking help, but many 
also telling how some phase of our people work or publi- 
cation ministry has really helped. That keeps us going 
emotionally, as the Lord's presence builds us spiritually. 

Please consider a letter to help us financially. 

And thank you! 

Our bags and trailer are packed, a lot of the time. 
Timothy Teams are getting out to churches at least 
twice a month, currently serving in Trotwood, Ohio; 
Alto, Michigan; and Fort Wayne, Indiana, Grace. This 
summer the trailer will park beside churches in Cali- 
fornia and Florida as two Operation Barnabas teams 
go out to change the world. 

A lot of what we are gets out in the mail, and with 
personal visits or calls. Any way we can help you? 

Photo by Karen Cloonan 

CE Youth Programs 

We did it! After years of your asking, and our watching 
the professional youth programs, we have begun the minis- 
try of weekly youth programs, including: 

Complete Youth fellowship study-program 
Weekly midweek study group lessons 
Our recommendations for Sunday school 
Gobs of extra material for socials, parents, sponsors. 
I predict many others will want these excellent pro- 
grams. Already 1 26 of our own churches are subscribing! 
So thanks for your prayers, suggestions, and again, gifts. 

april '79 I 

Doctor's Checkup 

I went to the doctor the other 
day for an exam, and to see about a 
possible terminal illness. 

The checkup helped, and even 
inspired me; so I wanted you to 
meet the doctor. 

His name is Peter Wagner. 

Doctor Peter Wagner, specialist 
in church growth. 

Dr. Wagner, in fact, is one of the 
three or four top specialists in the 
world in the field of church growth. 

He has written the popular diag- 
nostic book Your Church Can 
Grow, as well as one called The 
Pentecostals Are Coming. 

He lists terminal diseases that 
can plague then kill a church: 

1. Ethnikitis— where the chang- 
ing community causes the 
church to disappear. 

2. Old Age— where no new 
people are coming. 

3. People Blindness— where the 
church does not realize cul- 
tural differences that create 

4. Hyper-cooperativism- where 
more effort is spent on co- 
operative ventures than real 
local church nurture. 

5. Koininitis— where people 
won't look beyond them- 
selves for fellowship. 

6. Sociological Strangulation— 
where there's not enough 
facilities or parking. 

7. Arrested Spiritual Develop- 
ment—where the percentage 
of uncommitted is too high. 

8. St. John's Syndrome— where 
people have lost their first 
love for Christ and evangelism. 

On the good health side. Dr. 
Wagner lists four essentials for a 
well-conditioned and growing 
church (all of this based on studies 
of healthy churches all around the 

1. The pastor must want growth 
and be willing to pay the 

2. The people must want growth 
and be willing to pay the 

3. The church must agree on the 
goal of evangelism, which is 
to make disciples. 

4. The church must not have a 
terminal illness. 

We talked in an appropriate 
room of the church where we met: 
the nursery. This doctor has pedia- 
trician interests, but hopes that not 
all church growth will be by bio- 
logical means! 

Every local church should grow 
that way too, but there are other 

7. Biological: As parents in the 
church produce. 

2. Transfer: Christians switching 
from other churches, either in 
town or out. 

3. Conversion: New Christians, 
delivered by your church. 
(Some of these may also be 
transfers, as far as member- 
ship, since not all churches 
really check on personal 

Wagner is relaxed, down-to-earth, 
and kind. He doesn't want to argue 
his points as much as to say, "As 
we studied what works in church 
growth, this is what we found." He 
has a mission to get churches not to 
be afraid of either a good physical 
or spiritual checkup. 

Unlike doctors, Wagner had time 

to just talk too, and for my per- 
sonal questions. I asked him: 

Why are you obsessed with 
church growth? 

P.W.: It came mostly as a result of 
process. It happened while I was on 
the mission field. I was in Bolivia 
for 16 years as a missionary. The 
first 10 or 12 years of the time, I 
did not have a good handle on what 
I was doing, and why, and how. 

Our second furlough we went to 
Pasadena where I studied during the 
furlough under Dr. Donald Mc- 
Gavran, in the Fuller School of 
World Missions. At that time I went 
through a tremendous transforma- 
tion of my own spiritual life and 
vocational life by learning the prin- 
ciples of church growth from him. I 
was able to see that the reasons for 
much of the fruitlessness of the 
work that we had been doing. 

I became an advocate of church 
growth and a disciple of Donald 

Are churches waking up to use 
good principles and being honest 
with themselves? 

We've gone through a period in 
the earlier 60s and through the 
early 70s when churches in general 
had begun to lose the vision, the 
imperative that God wants the 
churches to grow. Many priorities 
were shifted. Some churches 
stopped preaching the Gospel and 
went into social action only, and as 
a result lost many, many members. 
Now I see in some of these 
churches a renewed emphasis on 
preaching the Gospel. This has 
come about because some of the 
churches simply have been fright- 
ened with a tremendous loss of 
membership. They recognize the 
fact that something had gone wrong, 
and began to say, "Hey, we want 
our churches to grow and we want 
some help." 

Do you see the more conserva- 
tive churches also waking up? We 
always claim we preach the Gospel. 
What are they doing to come alive 
to church growth? What do we 
need to do? 

!4april '79 

or Churches 

Of course, during this period 
most of the conservative churches 
continued to grow mainly because 
they l<ept evangelism as their first 
priority. God is blessing the preach- 
ing of the Gospel with growth, with 
people who find Christ and become 
responsible church members. 

Why do you use the term "re- 
sponsible church member" so 

We use that as a sort of cliche to 
distinguish proper evangelism re- 
sults from a superficial view of 
evangelism geared toward making 
"decisions for Christ." 

Decisions for Christ are neces- 
sary. People don't become respon- 
sible Christians without making de- 
cisions for Christ. However, deci- 
sions for Christ must be translated 
into discipleship if the Great Com- 
mission is to be properly fulfilled. 
One of the main ways that we can 
measure whether a person is or is 
not a true disciple of Jesus Christ is 
whether he or she has become a re- 
sponsible member of a Christian 

We believe that commitment to 
the Lord is dual: first of all, com- 
mitment to God Himself. But 
secondly, and simultaneously, com- 
mitment to the body of Christ. 
And when these two commitments 
are in evidence, then we have rea- 
sonable assurance that that person 
is a true disciple of Jesus Christ. 

That commitment would be seen 
in attendance, I'm sure, and in 
some involvement. Do you think It 
has to mean paper membership? 
Or teaching or taking a job In the 

Well, different churches will de- 
fine responsible membership in dif- 
ferent ways, and we don't want to 
superimpose definitions on any 
churches. But we feel that essential 
is some sort of visible, public com- 
mitment. We often call it incorpora- 
tion into the body. Anthropologists 
would say there has to be some sort 
of a "right of passage" so that that 
person is known to be committed 
to a particular group of Christians. 

In most cases it's church member- 
ship. Sometimes it involves bap- 
tism, simultaneously with that. 
Other times it doesn't. But it's full 
membership in the church. And not 
only membership, a name on a 
church roll, which is part of it, but 
also a participation in the activities 
of the church— attendances at wor- 
ship services, participation in the 
life of the church, participation in 
fellowship groups. As the New Tes- 
tament says, "continuing in the 
apostles' doctrine, fellowship, 
breaking of bread and prayers." 
What do you enjoy most about 

your own local church? You speak 
of it with great joy— your Congrega- 
tional Church out there at Lake 

I usually plan my schedule to be 
home on weekends, so I don't miss 
church very much. 

I like the worship service, which 
brings those who attend into the 
presence of God so that we feel 
that we have met God. I also like 
the fellowship I find in the church. 
In my own congregation within the 
church, the Voyagers Sunday 
school class (about 80 adults ap- 
proximately my age), we relate to 
each other, learn to know each 
other, love each other, and fellow- 
ship with each other. That's not 
only on Sunday morning when we 
have breakfast together, but also 
during the month when we meet to- 
gether in other things. 

Another thing I like about the 
church is that it is a growing 
church— a church that believes in 
growth— outreach. It is not only 
growing itself by expansion growth, 
but it is also starting 10 new 
churches in the valley to reach lots 
of new kinds of people for Jesus 

Criticisms leveled about "churc'i 
growth" sometimes by people who 
aren't growing but also by people 
who study the area, say that it's 
just using worldly measurements or 
Madison Avenue approaches to do 
what the Holy Spirit should do. 

I can understand. These prin- 
ciples of church growth that we are 
using could be used to grow gas 
stations! These aren't secret. These 
aren't particularly religious things; 
they're sociological principles that 
we feel can be used and consecrated 
to the Holy Spirit, for making dis- 
ciples for Jesus Christ and respon- 
sible church members. 

And this is the Great Commis- 
sion. We're told to make disciples 
of all nations, and we believe that 
the methods we're using are ones 
the Holy Spirit has blessed and will 
continue to bless for the fulfilling 
of the Great Commission. 

What's ahead? Will churches 
make it in the 80s? 

Yes, I think so. I think that I see 
the 1980s as the time of the great- 
est ingathering into the Christian 
church in America that we've 
known in American history. I think 
that this is going to happen increas- 
ingly in evangelical churches and 
that many of the mainline churches 
are now in a position where they're 
going to be turned around— where 
they've been in a drastic loss situ- 
ation for 10 years— they're going to 
begin to gain. I see new denomina- 
tions forming. I see more house 
churches and more super-churches 
coming. I see more ethnic churches 

Putting all these things together, 
we're in for a glorious time— those 
of us working for the Lord! 

That makes me feel better! 

april '79 

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Jay Firebaugh, Patterson Memorial Grace Brethren Church, Roanoke, Virginia 

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been a key factor in my life! 

It all started at age 1 1 when 1 felt the Lord wanted me to be a pastor. That "call" was 
as far as it went until my youth pastor found out. He signed me up for teen-chaUenge. 
As a result, at the age of 20, 1 can look back on 7 learning years of preaching experience 
(no matter how basic). Had it not been for a concerned youth pastor and the NAC minis- 
try of GBC Christian Ed, I probably would not have even yet preached my first sermon. 

At age 14 I stood before my first audience with my knees shaking and preached my 
first sermon. Nothing spectacular happened, no trumpet blasts from heaven occurred, but 
it gave me the determination to come back and do better, at the very next rally. 

Finally, I faced the final rally, tied for first place in teen-challenge. I lost! But that loss 
turned into one of the most valuable lessons I ever learned, as it showed me that I needed 
to give my preaching entirely over to the Lord and preach for Him, rather than myself. 
God allowed me to learn that at age 14 because there was an NAC program for me to be 
involved in. 

The next year I won three first places and gained more confidence and abUity from 
each. I ended up at national conference with the chance to win it all— and the Lord was 
good enough to allow that. 

The first place at conference opened many new doors and allowed me to learn to teach 
and preach thoroughly, rather than scanning the top layer in 10 minutes. 

Finally I was eligible for teen-challenge, speaking again my senior year. Here God al- 
lowed me to gain confidence and opened doors through winning teen-challenge at 
national conference, for the second time— a goal set for me years before by the youth 
pastor, who saw in me the ability and sought to develop it through NAC. 

Today I am learning more than ever as God prepares me further for serving Him as a 
pastor. Thanks to NAC, I can look forward with confidence that the Lord wants me in 
full-time service for Him. Certainly, NAC is preparing others in the same way and in other 
areas, and will be used over and over again by the Lord to mold His instruments. 

Jay Firebaugh, Sophomore 
Grace College 
Major: Psychology /Bible 

Member: Roanoke, Patterson Memorial Grace Brethren Church 
Southeast District 

Twice winner of teen-challenge, $750 in scholarships from the Brethren National Minis- 

' april 79 





Sunday School Contest 






S. i 



Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 

Knute Larson 

Norma Dove 



Sim! Valley, Calif. 

John Gillis 

Harold Ball 




Union, Ohio 

Ron Picard 

Carl Trimble 




Whittier, Calif. (First) 

Terryl Delaney 

Don Butt 


Modesto, Calif. (Big V 

alley) David Seifert 

Harlan Vanden 


5 1 


No one qualified 

' 5 



Covington, Ohio 

Randy Maycumber 

Wayne Wise 



Trotwood, Ohio 
San Jose, Calif. 

Charles Lawson 
Fenton McDonald 

Errert Rike 
Larry Mullins 




Ormond Beach, Fla. 

Gary Cole 

William Matthews 


IMo one qualified 


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Memory verse-Genesis 1:11 & 12 
Vocabulary word-CieaXed-to make some- 
thing from nothing. God began with nothing 
and made all things. 

A Children's Story 

Spring on Eleventh Street 

Carolann Oswald 

In a final blast of chilly wind, 
the month of March blew away just 
in time to make room for April. 
April— packed full of rumbling 
thunder, flashing fingers of light- 
ning, warm breezes and gentle 

It was an exciting time on 
Eleventh Street when the brown 
matted grass began to stand green 
and straight. The trees, once brittle 
with winter cold, put on new 
spring clothes. Crocus and violets 
blinked at the sun while tulips and 
daffodils clustered under trees and 
close to houses. 

The air, smelling fresh and clean, 
was filled with the songs of birds re- 
turning from winter resorts. 

Almost every yard on Eleventh 
Street had a patch of freshly turned 
rich brown earth, clearly intended 
to become gardens of flowers and 

Garden planting was a family af- 
fair. But neighbors helped each 
other by sharing seeds and new 
ideas. Mrs. McQuigg, who no longer 
kept her own garden, especially 
enjoyed helping. 

Late one afternoon of a particu- 
larly glorious Saturday, the kids on 
Eleventh Street rode their bikes to 
the church parking lot for a meet- 
ing. Each one had helped vwth a 
garden and was eager to tell all 
about it. 

Lawrence was really excited 
when he said, "Man, this is the first 
year my dad let me run the roto- 
tiller all alone. Oh wow! I thought 
it was going to shake my arms off!" 

"My job this year was to meas- 
ure off the rows and mark them 
with a string," said Casey. "My dad 
made a notch on the hoe handle so 
it was really easy to get the spaces 

"I think my back is permanently 
bent," moaned Erin. "I had to 
make trenches with the hoe for 
seeds— look at the blister right here 
between my thumb and finger!" 

"Well," Monica began, "my job 
was dropping seeds into our 
trenches. The lima beans were easy, 
but I thought I'd never get those 
tiny carrot seeds planted. Then my 
mom showed me a trick. If you mix 
the tiny seeds with a little sand and 
sprinkle the mixture into the trench, 
the seeds are easier to plant and 
more even too." 

"I had the boringest job of all," 
muttered Tim. "I had to go along 
and cover the seeds. My big sister 
kept saying 'not too much dirt, not 
too much dirt.' YUK!" 

"Hey," said Lawrence. "Here 
comes Herbert. I wonder what his 
job was." 

"Hi Herbert," Casey called. "Did 
you help with your garden today?" 

"Nope. I didn't help, but I 
planted my very own garden right 
beside landing strip three," Herbert 
stated proudly. 

"Neat! What did you plant?" 
Tim asked. 

"Seed soup," was Herbert's re- 

"Seed soup? Oh, Herbert, you 
are the limit. What is 'seed soup'?" 
Erin asked for the whole group. 

"Well," Herbert explained, "for 
your information, 'seed soup' is all 

of the seeds my parents had left 
over all mixed together and put 
into the ground. I want to see if I 
can grow an orange radish, a red 
carrot, and green beans in a pea 
pod. I figured if I mbced all tlie 
seeds together, they'd be too con- 
fused to remember what they were 
supposed to be." 

"Wow!" exlaimed Tim. "Green 
beans in a pea pod!" 

"Oh, honestly," Monica re- 
proved. "Don't you remember what 
the Bible says in Genesis chapter 1 , 
verses 1 1 and 12? God created each 
plant and animal so that it could 
only make more of its own kind. 
Your seeds aren't going to get con- 
fused, Herbert, because each one 
can only do one thing— make more 
of the same plant it came from in 
the first place. A radish seed will al- 
ways make a radish, a carrot seed 
will only make another carrot and 
peas are the only things you will 
grow in a pea pod. It's God's plan 
for keeping order and it shows just 
how wise God is." 

Herbert was chuckling. "Yeah, 
you're right. I remember those 
verses now. Well, I may not grow an 
orange radish, but I bet I'm the 
only person on our street with an 
already tossed salad growing in his 
garden! Gotta fly, 'zroom!' " 

Herbert circled his friends and 
then whizzed toward the sidewalk 
on his silver bike. 

"Hey Herbert!" Casey hollered. 
"Wait for us— we'll all fly to- 

All the kids began to 'zroom' 
and pretty soon the parking lot was 

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jUissionary Mnhdays 

JUNE 1979 

{If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 28 and 
29 ofthe\919 Grace Brethren Annual.; 


Mrs. Marvin Goodman June 1 2 

Amy Isobel Paden June 12, 1977 

Rev. Martin Garber June 14 

Linda Kay Garber June 15, 1969 

Miss Marie Mishler June 1 9 

Mrs. Howard Immel June 24 

Miss Diana Davis June 29 


Mrs. Richard Cobum June 1 


Mrs. Elliott Hudson June 3 

Timothy Peery Hudson June 19, 1975 

Rev. Tom Julien June 27 


Mrs. Roger Feugh June 1 7 

Rev. Roger Peugh June 1 7 

Monica Elaine Pappas June 18, 1976 


Mrs. Norman Schrock June 25 


Rev. Roy Snyder June 15 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 




wmc o(Mciarg 

Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Hwy., Winona Lal<e, 
Ind. 46590 

1st Vice President- 
Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) Risser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

2nd Vice President- 
Mrs. Walter (Emma) Fretz, 413 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 565 Stonyridge Ave., Troy, Ohio 45373 

Assistant Secretary- 
Mrs. Tom (Donna) Miller, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer- 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 

Mrs. Tom (Geneva) Inman, 2244 Fernwood Dr., Colorado 
Springs, Colo. 80190 

Literature Secretary— 

Mrs. Lloyd (Mary Lois) Fish, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R. R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, 
Ind. 46580 

Prayer Chairman- 
Mrs. Harold (Ada) Etiing, 803 Esplanade, Winona Lake, Ind. 



Goal -$10,000 

Deadline- June 10, 1979 

Extended project— building of a new mission 


Mrs. Norm Johnson 


Goal - $6,000 

Deadline- April 30, 1979 

Sponsorship of the Director of SMM 

SMM Girl of the Year Scholarship 

'april '79 


Mrs. Boyd Grove, 

Myerstown, Pennsylvania 

Several months ago I was feeling bogged down with 
small cares and worries. One night I was taking stock of 
myself and my circumstances. I realized I still had lots of 
flaws in my Christian life. I realize even now that God is 
not finished with me yet, even though I have walked 
with Him for 34 years. There are always trials, problems, 
and little burdens that steal in. Also, as a parent, I share 
in the problems and heartaches of my children. If it were 
not for the never-failing love and grace of God, I would 
"go under" so to speak. As a chUd of God I can't help 
but share in the burdens and heartaches of those within 
my sphere of influence. My sphere includes a variety of 
people— homemakers, teachers, single gals, teens, chil- 
dren, and so forth. Everyone I meet has some difficulty, 
some hard place, or some prayerful concern. Let's face 
it— we all have these concerns. It is great to be able to go 
to a sister in Christ and share a burden, pray over it, cry 
together, and even laugh a little. 

It was shortly after I wrote this poem that a friend in 
our church was going through some deep waters, with a 
family problem. I had the joy of crying and praying with 
her, and also sharing this poem. As of this writing her 
prayer has been answered and we are praising the Lord 

I've lingered too long, on my guilt and my sin, 
I've failed to realize you've cleansed me within. 
The trials and problems that oft come my way 
So often loom big and cover blessings that day. 

Father, in our lives you make no mistakes. 

Yes, quite often we wander and tlie wrong road we take. 
Somehow you never fail your forgiveness to give, 

1 just wish my life, for you, I'd always live. 

Father, take what little I have and use it as you see fit. 
Help me to walk tliis path bravely, help me not to quit. 
I want your best for me, Lord, so help me to learn anew. 
If I falter on the way, pick me up, and help me daily to 
be true. 

Thank you Lord, for hearing this faltering prayer. 
I mean it with my heart, dear Lord, -it's my heart with 
vou I share! 

Mrs. Wayne Beaver 

The dandelions were thick; the afternoon unusually 
warm. Mom straightened up from her painful crouching 
position to see here junior-age son and his buddy 
sauntering home from school. Inspiration! 

"Fifty dandelions apiece will earn an ice-cold coke 
for each of you," she called out. 

"Oh boy!" Lagging feet were galvanized into action. 

IViom went happily into the house to shampoo Grand- 
ma's hair. As she sudsed she congratulated herself on her 



I -^ — ■ -"rr'- tdd 

•Consider using Bible acrostics or crossword puz- 
zles for a change of pace in your meeting. Use your 
own ideas to complete a crossword puzzle on missions 
in the mission time as well. 

• When sending offerings to the National Financial 
Secretary-Treasurer, please include the proper slip 
from the program packet with your check or money 
order. This facilitates bookkeeping immensely. Thank 

•Some suggestions for meeting themes are listed 

A Night in . . . (supply the country to coincide 

with the mission study) 
"Lettuce Meet together"— a salad supper 
Old Favorite Night— sing old favorite hymns, 
recite verses learned long ago, and serve an 
old favorite refreshment. 
•April is SMM birthday month. Do something 
special for the girls this month. Invite your minis to a 
special birthday party. Take your individual mini out 
to a local restaurant, or better yet invite her to your 
home for the evening or a Sunday dinner. Let the girls 
know that you are praying for them even if your 
pocketbook says, "No" to any of the above. 

•The Christian Education offering due at the end 
of the month is to sponsor Miss Judy Ashman in her 
work as Director of SMM. Give generously to her sup- 

Stroke of genius. But when she turned off the water she 
became aware that it was very quiet in the front yard. 

"Now where are those boys? Probably in the back, 
and I wanted the front yard picked first." 

She left Grandma to seek the reapers. Some loud call- 
ing finally received an answer— faint and far away. 

"Where are you boys?" 

"Over here. There are lots more dandelions over in 
this field." 

"Oh no!" 

Later on that spring evening their young wisdom set 
Mom to pondering. She wondered why so many of the 
Lord's would-be-harvesters stayed at home when the 
harvests are so much greater in the fields afar. 

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God is Able 



Goal |S10,000— 
extended project 
for mission 
residence needs 
in Winona Lake, 

GOD IS ABLE to meet the needs. Let us as WM€ ladies 
be pliable to His leading to give to this project. 


Mrs. Dan Pacheco 

National WMC President 

Smiley faces are a big thing 
around our house and not just be- 
cause we try to keep a joyful at- 
mosphere. (By the way, every 
family member has to contribute to 
that effort, not just Dad and Mom.) 

They're more significant this 
year because that's how the kinder- 
garten teacher rewards a good 
paper. But one of the papers was 
honored twice . . . once by the 
teacher and once by the student. 
Imitation. Because of the differ- 
ences in age, practice, experience 
and motor coordination, the imita- 
tion didn't quite make it. 

The Master Teacher's living ex- 
ample is very visible and perfect- 
how is my imitation? Do those 
watching me see Jesus' love and joy 
and gentleness and holiness? Or do 

they see a "doesn't-quite-make-it"? 

It's true. There are many differ- 
ences between God and his created 
beings . . . more than age, practice, 
experience and spiritual motor co- 

He is God. I am human. 

But that's no excuse! Unlike the 
five-year-old hand trying alone, I 
have the Power! 

Under His wings. 

In His hands. 

Leaning on His everlasting arms. 

Coming before His throne. 

Walking beside Him. 

Talking to Him. 

Indwelt by His Spirit. 

Accepted in the beloved. 

Forgiven by His sacrifice. 

My imitation must not be less 
than my best. Why? My Bible tells 
me that my imitation of Christ be- 
comes the example for another fol- 

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The pi 
year. Thi 
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obtain on 

cture above is a sample of the poster that will be available for the 1979 
s poster wOl take the place of the yearly visual that has been provided ii 
cet previously. Each poster will be four-color. 

for further details in upcoming pages of the Herald to learn how your g 
e of these attractive visual aids. 

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roup can 

april '79 i 

Guest Reflections ' 

". . . teaching and admonishing one another . 

The Time is uoivS 

Dr. David L. Hocking, Moderator, 
1979 National Conference, Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches --- 

The statistics we receive each year at our national conference have not been very encouraging lately. We 
do not seem to be growing as a Fellowship of churches. It's time to change! The time is NOW, not 

In planning for our conference in Florida this coming summer, we want to be positive, not negative; 
inspiring, not discouraging; helpful, not hurtful; motivating, not defeating. We have an exciting format, and 
some super speakers-you'U not want to miss this conference! 

There are encouraging signs in our Fellowship. Let's consider a few of them: 

1. A new name (better identity)— "Fellowship oi Grace Brethren Churches." 

We would encourage all of our churches to put the word "Grace" into your name. It will help to 
identify your church with the Fellowship. 

2. A new desire to grow— That's exciting, because it's the first step in seeing some changes made. It's 
evident in many of our churches. There's a desire to reach out to our communities and win people to 
Christ and to responsible membership in our churches. 

3. A new spirit of unity and cooperation— Things seemed to change in this area at our last conference. 
The so-called "rift" between East and West was to a great degree buried and removed from our 
thinking and planning. That's not to say there are no problems, hurt feelings, and disagreements. But, 
let's agree to disagree on some matters and begin to move on for the Lord! As Melanchon said, "In 
essentials: unity; In nonessentials: liberty." Let's learn to thank the Lord for what He is doing in 
people's lives, even when it is not our "style" or way of doing things. 

4. A new influx of young pastors and missionaries— Have you noticed? I think it's exciting, and an 
answer to prayer. The young bring us enthusiasm and zeal. They make mistakes and at times reveal 
immaturity. But, praise God for new blood! Let's be sure to pray for them and to encourage them 
constantly. Give them responsible positions in our Fellowship, and let them learn from the old, whUe 
bringing fresh ideas to all of us. 

5. A new perspective on Winona Lake (I see I now have your attention!)— Our Fellowship has its major 
offices and national boards located in Winona Lake, Indiana. Grace College and Seminary are also 
located there. They have served us well and will continue to do so, Lord willing. The problem has 
been that our vision and growth have often been limited by the way we have done things for so many 
years. Some of our boards have realized that. The Brethren Home Missions Council, for example, 
has gone to regional directors who can help to encourage the growth and development of churches in 
other areas. I commend them for their vision. 

The "Peter Principle" in business life refers to a person who rises to his/her level of incompetence and 
thus becomes a hindrance to growth. This principle can also happen to a company, corporation, 
industry, church, school, or denomination. To some degree, I believe this has happened to us as a 
Fellowship of churches. Because of distance and communication problems, it is diffcult for our whole 
Fellowship to be an integral part of what happens in Winona Lake. We need to visualize other 
"centers" of growth in our Fellowship. Schools need to be developed in other parts of the country. 
Our own Grace Graduate School and Grace Bible Institute now has an enrollment of 334 students 
and is having an impact upon our churches in California. Other schools need to be started. The 
example of Grace College and Seminary is tremendous. We need to develop a whole network of 

april 79 


schools where students can be trained and mobilized for future ministry within our Fellowship. 

We could also develop regional conferences each year, and come together in a national (or inter- 
national) conference once every four or five years. Each region should be patterned after Winona 
Lake with schools and boards for church growth and development. These regional "centers" would 
be independent, yet cooperating with one another. Winona Lake would be one "center"; another 
could be in Southern California (or on the West Coast); another could be on the East Coast; and 
another one could be developed for the South. 

Many of you are already "writing this off by saying "it will never work," or "it will split our Fellow- 
ship," or "we've never done that before," or "it would make matters worse." But, at least give it some 
thought. If your desire is truly for growth in our Fellowship, it's worth some serious study! 

6. A new view of our distinctives (the things that make us "Brethren" instead of "Baptist")— The last 
few decades have witnessed a tremendous change in the "Brethren" even though at times it hardly 
was noticed. Pick up a copy of an old Brethren book or writing and you will be amazed at how 
different we are. Our "ordinances" are getting fewer than before. Most of our churches emphasize 
only two distinctives of the "Brethren"-feet washing and triune baptism. Some of the older 
"Brethren" see these trends as alarming. We may soon lose what makes us "distinct" from others. 

However we may think about this trend, the truth is that it has a great effect upon church growth. 
Today's American culture has little sympathy for denominational distinctives. The "brand name" on 
the door is not that important to them anymore. 

While we maintain our "distinctives" we also need to be careful that we do not alienate people by our 
exclusiveness or our "Brethrenness." The important issue of our Fellowship is our allegiance to the 
authority and inerrancy of God's Word! We need to be known for our commitment to Christ and His 
Word more than our commitment to our "distinctives." We must get on with the Great Commission, 
which is not to make people "Brethren," but rather "disciples" of Jesus Christ! 

Our church in Long Beach has a great tradition and testimony. We are thankful for what God has 
done and is doing. To my knowledge, we continue to have the greatest number of baptisms by triune 
immersion (we baptize no other way!) and the largest threefold communion services in Brethren 
history. I do not need a lecture on the importance of Brethren distinctives. We practice them! How- 
ever, our emphasis is not on those distinctives. We are out to reach as many people as we possibly can 
until Jesus comes again! 

Our Fellowship will not grow as it should and as we all desire, untO we put the emphasis where it 
belongs. The world is lost and on its way to hell! May God give us hearts for people like Jesus (see 
Matt. 9:36-38)! Many of our churches are satisfied with mediocrity. We are unwilling to change. We 
put the emphasis on the wrong things. We do not mobilize our people for growth. We do not wrestle 
with evangehsm and discipleship as we should! We speak of preserving our traditions, rather than 
reaching our communities. God help us! 

7. A new attitude toward ourselves— I'm tired of being defensive. Why must we always defend our- 
selves? Let's become positive about being "Grace Brethren." Let's start getting excited about our 
potential and our opportunities. 

Several years ago we began a daily radio broadcast called "Sounds of Grace." It is now on several 
stations in California. We recently started broadcasting over HCJB in Quito, Ecuador. This short- 
wave station is one of the largest in the world! Our broadcast covers all of the Central and North 
American continents, including the Hawaiian Islands and Japan. We cover the South Pacific and all of 
South America. There are one billion shortwave sets in the world (50 million in the USA); you can 
imagine our excitement! We are receiving mail from aO over the world! PTL! Tlie main reason for 
sharing this with you at this time is the impact the broadcast is having on the "Grace Brethren." 
People who hear the broadcast want to know who the "Grace Brethren" are and where they can find 
a church like that in their community. It is helping to make our message and ministry known. 
Pastors in areas where the broadcast now is found have already reaped the benefits of people coming 
to their church. Our facts show that people are hungry to find Bible-teaching churches where there is 
a loving and Christ-centered fellowship. 

Let's be done with defensive, insecure attitudes. Let's start counting our blessings and propagating 
our message ! God is able (see Eph . 3 : 20-2 1 ) ! 

Now, for the punch line— have you made your reservations yet for national conference, August 
12-18, 1979, in St. Petersburg, Florida? Don't delay! You'll have a great time of fellowship, plus 
hearing outstanding speakers like Dr. Jerry Falwell of the Old-Time Gospel Hour. (That's right— he's 
one of the speakers!) Don't miss it! "THE TIME IS NOW" is the theme, and it's probably time 
for me to stop writing and allow you to write for reservations. 

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Grace Unique? Prove it! 

How does Grace College make 
its liberal arts education distinc- 
tively Christian? A new question? 

Faculty members begin each 
semester explaining to their stu- 
dents how their disciplines uniquely 
illustrate Christian principles and 
how Christian principles elucidate 
that discipline. Sometimes, how- 
ever, students respond to such a 
question differently from their 
mentors. To explore the student 
response to such a question and to 
see candidly how Grace College 
meets the demands of this question, 
the December Faculty Forum was 
opened to members of Alpha 
Gamma Chapter of Alpha Chi, the 
campus scholastic honor society. 
Having students representing vari- 
ous academic divisions of the col- 
lege, the forum provided an over- 
view of the institution's achievement 
in maintaining a distinctive Chris- 
tian education. 

Following an introduction by 
Dr. Richard Dilling, moderator of 
the forum and sponsor of Alpha 
Chi at Grace, Dr. E. Wilham Male, 
dean of Grace Seminary and an 
authority on Christian education, 
first approached the question nega- 
tively by warning that rules, chapels, 
Bible classes, and prayer before 
each class hardly validate Grace's 
distinctiveness, for many institu- 
tions, some non-Christian, have 
many of the same procedures. Posi- 
tively, however. Dr. Male outlined 
at least three fundamental areas 
signaling Grace's uniqueness: a 
thoroughgoing Christian philosophy 
of education; a faculty "not just 
Christian in terms of their personal 
profession of faith, but personally 
and professionally committed to a 
Christocentric world view and 
totally biblical philosophy"; and a 
Christ-centered curriculum con- 
cerned with integration of faith and 

Myron D. Yeager 

Assistant Professor of English 

learning with an appUcation to 
daUy Uving. On the basis of Colos- 
sians 2:2-3, Dr. Male concluded if 
"in Christ are hid all the treasures 
of wisdom and knowledge," then 
any education that leaves Him out 
is by definition inadequate. Grace, 
with its foundation in Christ and 
the Bible, is not only distinctive, 
but also properly authorized for the 
task of higher education and inte- 

According to Kevin Arnold, 
president of Alpha Chi, of GaHon, 
Ohio, psychology and the Division 
of Social Sciences integrate the 
Christian discipline with the study 
of man and his behavior, by demon- 
strating that man, being responsible 
to God, others and self must learn 
to balance actions and thoughts. 
The non-Christian man is unable to 
make consistently right choices be- 
cause of depravity— the absence of 
the Holy Spirit— hence an un- 
balance occurs. Accepting Christ 
becomes the goal in counseling un- 
saved man so that he can develop 
the healthy self-concept necessary 
to act and think correctly about 
God and, consequently, others. For 
Christian clients, the Grace psy- 
chology student learns the necessity 
of "reparenting" the patient- 
redirecting his Christian brother 
toward sanctification. 

The Division of Languages and 
Literature was represented by Joe 
Lehmann, a junior Enghsh major, 
of Worthington, Ohio. Focusing on 
a liberal arts education, Lehmann 
first placed English in a liberal arts 
curriculum demonstrating the value 
emanating from knowledge for its 
own sake. Lehmann continued by 
dividing English into two areas: the 
study of grammar and linguistics, 
and the study and criticism of 
literature. The study of the science 
of language through grammar and 
linguistics trains the student to 

communicate better, and the mes- 
sage that student has to communi- 
cate is Jesus Christ. Through the 
study and criticism of literature, 
one soon recognizes the need of 
man for God revealed through 
man's sense of loss and purpose- 
lessness resounding through master- 
pieces of poetry, fiction, and 
drama. Through this awareness the 
Christian student of hterature sees 
not only the unregenerate world, 
but also God's claim on that stu- 
dent's ovra life. 

Les Lofquist, a senior BibUcal 
Studies major, of Winona, Minne- 
sota, discussed the applications of 
philosophy to a Christian education 
as seen in the Division of Religion 
and PhDosophy. Using the school 
motto "To know Christ and to 
make Him known," Lofquist 
demonstrated man must first know 
Christ's character. Christians must 
be truth-seekers because truth is His 
character. That is, all truth is God's 
truth: eternal, pervasive, but elu- 
sive. Non -Christian philosophers 
settle for partial truths found only 
in creation and man (God's image- 
bearers), but a Christian perspective 
of phUsophy includes two other in- 
gredients: Christ and the Bible. At 
Grace College, the student gets 
these four essentials through the 
basic premise: "God has revealed 
himself in written form." By begin- 
ning with Christ and expanding his 
range of perception, the student 
can realize a liberating, Ufe-changing 

"CHRIST" became an anagram 
for Mrs. Paula Snell Popenfoose, of 
Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, a senior 
elementary education major repre- 
senting the Division of Teacher 
Education. "C" stands for Christ, 
the head of the school, acknowl- 
edged through chapels and class de- 
votions. "H" represents harmony, 
the harmony of students working 

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with faculty, other students, and 
even theological aims. "R" presents 
a radiating Christ, the purpose of 
Grace. "I" stands for igniting stu- 
dents to work and serve Christ. "S" 
is the scope Grace provides through 
chapel speakers, faculty members, 
and the strong bibhcal basis. "T" is 
the educational task the future edu- 
cators trained at Grace have before 
them; the task of teaching while 
keeping a Christ-centered focus no 
matter where that educator goes. 

Mrs. Kay Bjurstrom, of Goshen, 
Indiana, a senior, addressed herself 
to the contribution biology, in the 
Division of Natural Sciences, makes 
to the total Christian education at 
Grace. Mrs. Bjurstrom identified 
three areas in which Grace uniquely 
relates the Christian education and 
biology. Presenting material from 
the point of view of creation, the 
first area, she warned, is incomplete 
unless the relationship is pointed to 
Christ by Christian professors, a 
second area of uniqueness. The atti- 
tude of these professors toward 
their subject represents, in turn, 
only part of the unique quality 
stemming from their Christian com- 
mitment. Their personal relation- 
ships with God and their active con- 
cern for their students show the 
faculty to be Christ and His family 
oriented. Third, by studying biolo- 
gy at a Christian school a student 
develops a new awareness of God's 
character: His attention to detail as 
well as expanse. 

How does Grace College make 
its liberal arts education distinc- 
tively Christian? A scholar and five 
students presented random views 
and various specific apphcations, 
yet recurrent through each presen- 
tation resounds the common 
answer: a central focus on Christ. A 
forum that could have led any- 
where from criticism to praise re- 
vealed the distinctives of a Grace 
College education. Education with- 
out Christ is learning without 
knowledge, and at Grace College 
Christ is the cornerstone so that 
there is both education and knowl- 
edge. Through Christ, Grace College 
attempts to give an integrated 
vision of knowledge and God, a 
unique foundation justifying its 


News Notes 

Rev. G. Forrest Jackson, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church, Dayton, Ohio, will be the speaker for the upcoming 
Spiritual Life Conference at Grace College. Sponsored by the 
Varsity "G" Club, the conference will be held on campus 
April 10, 11 and 12. 

When all the tabulation was compiled on the November 
Christian Service Reports at Grace College, the results were im- 
pressive. The sophomore and junior class had 73 percent of its 
members involved in some Christian service. The freshman 
class had 64 percent involvement and the senior class 63 per- 
cent. The overall for the student body was 68 percent. 

Christian service includes outreach programs off campus, 
such as Campus Life Clubs, Hispanic Ministries, Child Evangel- 
ism, to on campus ministries including Athletic Bible studies. 
Student Union Guard, Bible study groups and Foreign Mis- 
sions Fellowship. Along with these are those who are involved 
in local church ministries and school-team ministries. It should 
be noted that Christian service at Grace is on a volunteer basis. 


Registrar Jim Shipley reports that second semester enroll- 
ment for Grace College stands at 715, The registrar notes that 
this figure represents a ratio between part and full-time stu- 
dents that is significantly higher than usual during the spring 
semester. In the spring of 1978, students enrolled for 9,243 
credit hours, compared to 9,81 1 credit hours this semester. 

Student enrollment in the seminary for the spring semes- 
ter has hit a new record high. There are 429 enrolled surpass- 
ing the previous high of last spring, when 415 attended classes. 
Dr. E. William Male, dean of the seminary, observes that 
"more significant even than the record number of students, is 
the distinct impression of the faculty that in terms of spiritual 
commitment and seriousness of purpose, this year's student 
body is one of the finest we have ever had." 

The week of January 23, 1979, was a time for special 
emphasis on Home Missions in both college and seminary 
chapels. Dr. Lester E. Pifer, executive secretary of the Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council, coordinated the chapels and pro- 
vided two home mission pastors (one other one got snowed-in 
in Pennsylvania) to speak to the students. 

Dr. Pifer remarked later in a letter that "It is my observa- 
tion that in the recent years we have seen a far greater spiritual 
interest in the college. More and more of these students are 
coming to us and telling us of their desire to serve the Lord in 
full-time service. . . . The enthusiasm in the seminary for the 
pastoral ministry is at its greatest height that I have ever seen 
in the years that I have been ministering to the students. This 
year so many of the men came and talked with me about the 
ministry of the pastorate." 

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In Memory of : Given by : 

Rev. Fred Wm. Walter 
Mrs. Jessie Callender 
Rev. Nelson E. Hall 

Mrs. Betty Matsen 

Mrs. Ruth Rodeheaver Thomas 

Dr. Floyd W. Taber 
W. E. Swinney 
Mrs. Anna Kelley 
Mrs. Olga E. Heltman 
Mrs. Grace Eggleston 
Mrs. Ethel Harrington 
Newton Bruce Howe, Sr. 

In Honor of : 

Richard Swineford 

retirement after 50 years 
with the Garber Company 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Conrad 
50th Wedding Anniversary 

Mrs. Fred Wra. Walter 

Mervyn J. Callender 

Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Hammers 

Mr. and Mrs. Clayton E. SkeUenger 

Roby E. Adams 

Mr. and Mrs. John D. Evans 

Rev. and Mrs. Richard G. Messner 

Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Hammers 

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Armentrout 

Freman W. Kelley 

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd E. Heltman 

Mrs. W. H. Greenwood 

Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Taylor 

Rev. and Mrs. Richard G. Messner 

Given by : 

Rev. and Mrs. Richard G. Messner 

Rev. and Mrs. Richard G. Messner 

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For Information Write: Ron Henry 

Director of Admissions 

Grace College 

Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

and <:5^nqiiirp ^rot^ram 

May 5, 1979 

* Information session on admis- 

sions and financial aid for stu- 

* Special insights about being 

parents of college students 


Academic Presentations 
Tour of Facilities 

"Fiddler on the Roof" 

Spring Production 
of Drama Department 


Dimensions In Brass 

p/uwp60tu/€' Atu/ianta, a/mpte/L AtuudAntjs, ounji poMnh iiuated/ 

"Top Twenty" in 1978 FGBC 
Giving to Grace Schools 

Church and Pastor 


Winona Lake Grace 

Brethren Church .... $48,193 
Winona Lake, Indiana 

Charles H. Ashman 

Grace Brethren Church .. 21,709 
Columbus, Ohio 

James L. Custer 

First Brethren Church . . . 15,763 
Wooster, Ohio 

Kenneth B. Ashman 

First Brethren Church . . . 12,706 
Dayton, Ohio 

G. Forrest Jackson 

Community Grace Brethren 12,565 
Warsaw, Indiana 

Listie Brethren Church .. 11,044 
Listie, Pennsylvania 

W. Herman Pickets 

West Homer Brethren 

Church 10,711 

Homerville, Ohio 

Robert F. Hohnes 

Penn Valley Grace 

Brethren Church . . . 
Telford, Pennsylvania 

William F. Tweeddale 

Grace Brethren Church . 
Fremont, Ohio 

Grace Brethren Church . 
Waterloo, Iowa 

John P. Burke 

Grace Brethren Church . 
Hagerstown, Maryland 

Randy Poyner 

First Brethren Church . . 
Rittman, Ohio 

Robert A. Russell 
Grace Brethren Church . 
Winchester, Virginia 

Paul E. Dick 






LaLoma Grace Brethren . 
Modesto, California 
Grace Brethren Church . 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

Wesley Mailer 

Grace Brethren Church . 
Ashland, Ohio 

Knute Larson 
Bethel Brethren Church . 
Berne, Indiana 

Earle E. Peer 

Grace Brethren Church . 
Canton, Ohio 
Peru Brethren Church . . 
Peru, Indiana 

James B. Marshall 
Calvary Brethren Church 
Alto, Michigan 

Robert C. Moeller 






april '79* 

Pastor Hall went to be with the Lord on February 2, 1979. 

A Tribute 

Nelson Hall 

Linda Hall 

In October of 1937, in Rittman, Ohio, young 
Nelson Hall, a successful grocer, found himself seated 
squarely in an aisle leading directly to an evangelist 
and his pulpit. When he had entered the church that 
night, he could locate no other place to sit or even to 
stand. On sudden impulse Nelson had decided to visit 
the church attended by many of his friends and their 
parents, families with whom he dealt in his grocery 
business. Certainly, however, he had not foreseen 
what turn of events his action would bring. 

As Mr. Hall reported of his encounter with the 
minister, "I had to look him in the eye. I couldn't 
look in any other direction." Of his subsequent be- 
havior he said, "There was no place else to go but 
straight ahead." 

Pastor Hall also remembered very clearly what 
happened when he went forward for the altar call. 

"Why have you come forward, young man?" the 
evangelist questioned him in private. 

"I want to get to heaven," Nelson responded 

To Nelson Hall's shock, the minister then an- 
nounced to approximately 450 people that the young 
man before him had come to confess that he was a 

"I didn't say I was a sinner," Nelson quickly whis- 

From that night on, the prayers of Mr. Hall's 
friends and the teachings of the fundamental church 
which he began to attend led him to make a pubhc 
decision that counted— one in which he acknowledged 
his sin and recognized the blood of Jesus Christ to be 
his only salvation. 

Nelson Hall answered the call of God to the minis- 
try and received his master of divinity degree from 
Grace Theological Seminary. He spent the next three 
decades helping others to learn the same truth that he 
had, and to take the same step of faith. For him, after 



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he had begun to mature as a Christian, there could be 
no occupation other than the ministry. To have 
denied his calling, he beheved, even though he en- 
joyed his prior life as a businessman, would have 
meant withholding the truth of Christ and in that 
way committing the height of deception. 

Pastor Hall stated that the world in which he 
ended his formal church ministry, when forced to re- 
tire due to ill health, was very different from the one 
in which he began his service. Nevertheless, he af- 
firmed, the truths of the Bible never change. Despite 
Satan's increased activities in blinding eyes to the 
truth, Mr. Hall steadfastly continued the cycle of 
leading people to the Lord, preaching and teaching 
them to build them in the faith, and then encouraging 
them to go forth and disciple others. Seeing the 
people whom he helped to grow as Christians reach 
out and touch the lives of others was Mr. Hall's great- 
est source of joy in the ministry. 

Pastor Hall and his wife, June, served the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches all over the 
nation— HomervOle, Ohio; Long Beach and Tracy, 
California; Albany, Oregon; Richland and Toppenish, 
Washington; and Winona, Minnesota. In between his 
pastorates at Toppenish and Winona, Mr. Hall helped 
to buOd the church in Troutdale, Oregon. In the 
Northwest District, the pastor devoted much time 
and energy to Camp Clear Lake and to working with 
quiz teams. 

Mr. Hall viewed his sickness with cancer as some- 
thing that could be suffered in struggle or in peace. 
He chose to accept it as God's will for his life and to 
pray daily that God would use his experience to help 
someone else. Though the pain was often difficult, 
he knew that God's promise of abundant Hfe does not 
exclude problems. While of course desiring to live and 
continue his ministry. Nelson Hall looked forward to 
the glory to come. 

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Reflections By Still Waters 

CoMf itsiiig Commaiids 

I C^Miiot dpeii tlie Asipiriii Bottle 

Charles W. Turner 


Since the government stepped into 
the act and started requiring special 
"safety" tops on certain bottles, I have 
found life more complicated. About 
twice a year I need an aspirin, and it is 
not as easy as it used to be to get one. 
First, there is the educational reading 
that "explains" how to get the top 
off: "To open, squeeze sides while 
turning"; "While pushing down- 
turn"; and "Lift while turning." 
Second, there are the guiding arrows 
moving in various "helpful" directions. 

Anyone short of a college degree in 
engineering will probably recover from 
the headache even before they have 
opened the container. Or else, the 
headache will be compounded by the 
frustration of the opening, or the at- 
tempt to open the bottle. 

Manufacturers are obviously re- 
quired to put such lids on their bottles 
to keep small children from getting 
into the contents. But having watched 
three and four year olds operate, I am 
convinced nothing is really secure 
from their grips. They could probably 
have the lid off and be inside the 
bottle long before their mothers and 
= may '79 

daddies were able to figure out the in- 

To my friends who have been 
baffled and confused by this problem, 
there is a certain way to overcome this 
"lid dilemma"— s/mp/v beat the lid off 
with a hammer, or jump up and down 
on the bottle! 

Confusing instructions are not 
limited to medicine bottles these days. 
The watch I recently purchased was a 
Sieko and most of the instructions 
were in Japanese. There was a French 
set of infomiation as well as one that 
looked like German. Since it was sup- 
posed to tell time, be a stopwatch, 
have a lap counter, a calendar, an 
alarm, and an elapsed time indicator, I 
longed for just a few English instruc- 
tions. Even instructions in a King 
James style version in Old English 
would have been of more help. I final- 
ly found the English instructions 
though, and with the aid of pictures 
and diagrams found out how to make 
it work. 

Instructions are so vital and when 
we get confused there is just no end to 
the trouble that occurs. The same is 

true in the spiritual realm, too, when 
instructions are given. Paul talked 
about the trumpet giving an uncertain 
sound and all of the followers becom- 
ing confused. There is a great need for 
the Christian communicator to give a 
certain sound in his or her communi- 
cations—whether it be as a preschool 
Sunday school teacher, or as the 
pastor in a morning worship service. 
We should be able to say something in 
a way that wUl allow people to know 
what we are saying. 

We can use all big words, and have 
a great vocabulary, but if the red- 
headed, freckled kid, with a frog in his 
pocket, cannot understand, then some- 
thing is wrong. Jesus taught so beauti- 
fully and illustrated with a touch that 
sets a pattern for us all. Certainly, we 
cannot sound out the full depths of 
His teachings, though they appear to 
be simple. Yet people heard and 
understood. Instructions in the spirit- 
ual realm are more important than in 
any other area. Yes, the Holy Spirit 
will illuminate and convict, but com- 
mon sense tells us not to put up bar- 
riers to understanding. The most 
powerful of teachers were under- 

So when people come to hear you, 
and they have spiritual headaches and 
heartaches, make certain that the in- 
structions you give are not too con- 
fusing. If they cannot get the lid off 
to get to the medicine, they may go 
away without the help they need. 

Cover: As the sheep return to cooling 
waters, so Navajo souls are satisfied through 
the Brethren Navajo Mission. 

See inside story, page 4. 

Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts 

35 Years Ago- 1944 

Some of the members of the 1944 Grace 
Seminary graduating class were James Paul 
Dowdy, John Milton Aeby, John Gabriel 
Balyo and Dorothy Ethel Hay. . . . The 
Herald subscription for the year was $1.00. 
. . . First Brethren Church of Buena Vista, 
Va., has just purchased a Bible school bus. 
Edward Bowman, pastor. 

15 Years Ago- 1964 

Lee Dice was ordained to the ministry at 
Flora, Indiana. ... A service of ordination 
for Sherwood Durkee at Vandalia, Ohio. 
. . . Margate, Fla., dedicates a new church. 
Dean Risser is the pastor. . . . The Home 
Missions offering for the year was reported 
at $266,702. 

5 Years Ago -1974 

Dedication of new church at Lititz, Pa., was 
announced. . . . Roger Wambold will be- 
come the pastor of the First Brethren 
Church in Philadelphia, Pa. 


Volume 41 Number 5 May 1979 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 

Artist, Jane Fretz 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 

Knute Larson. Foreign Missions: Rev. John 

Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Schools: Dr. 

Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 

Missions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer. WMC: Linda 


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nriay '79 ' 

A Fiction Story 

'"'''^S'Z''^- JA 

Larry Wedertz, 

assistant superintendent 

''^o Navajo Mission? 


Chee woke with a start. "I'm 
sorry," said the nurse. "I didn't 
mean to wake you." Chee shifted 
his body on the plastic chair as the 
nurse pushed her cart down the 
hospital corridor. The smells in the 
air made him feel sick at his 
stomach. His head was spinning 
with the thoughts that raced 
through his mind. 

It all began yesterday as Chee 
and his little brother, Johnny, took 
the family flock out to graze. It had 
been a hot day and there wasn't 
much time to rest under the twisted 
juniper trees along the canyon rim 
as they herded their sheep and 
goats down the canyon. Several 
weeks had passed since rain had 
filled the water holes closest to 

home and now it was necessary to 
go to the far end of Rattlesnake 
Canyon to find water. Where the 
canyon joined Largo Wash a shal- 
low well had been dug and a pump 

Chee and his brother took turns 
pushing the big red handle up and 
down. When the flock finished 
drinking and scattered out to graze 
the boys splashed in the water 
trough. The cool water felt good on 
their brown suntanned bodies. 
Time passed quickly as the boys 
frolicked in the water. It was Chee 
who finally noticed that the sun 
was far past its highest point in the 
sky. "Johnny, we had better start 
home. It's getting late," Chee said, 
as he sat on the side of the trough 

and pulled on his shoes. 

By the time the boys rounded 
up the sheep and goats and started 
back up Rattlesnake Canyon Chee 
knew that he and Johnny had 
played too long in the water and 
that it would be nearly dark by the 
time they reached home. Chee was 
not afraid of the dark and he knew 
with a full moon it would not be 
hard to find their way. What did 
botlier him was the fact that while 
there was not much danger during 
the heat of the day, in the cool 
hours of the evening snakes came 
out of hiding to search for prey. 
"They must hurry," Chee thought 
as he yelled, "Hurry, Johnny! Keep 
those goats together and keep mov- 
ing." That was a task easier said 

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than done. Johnny knew the goats 
who were more curious than the 
sheep would seek out the greener 
clumps of grass that grew along the 
canyon walls. Slowly the flock 
made its way along the canyon 
floor with the boys having to chase 
strays every little bit. By the time 
they approached the mouth of the 
canyon deep shadows reached clear 
across the canyon floor. The sky 
was still light overhead, but the 
boys knew that the sun was setting 
and they still would have a mile and 
a half of open sagebrush covered 
flatland to cross to reach home. 

As the boys quickened their 
pace Chee noticed Johnny moving 
toward the canyon wall to herd 
back three frisky goats. He was 
about to call out to him to be care- 
ful when he saw Johnny reach 
down to pick up a stick to throw at 
the goats. Almost at the same in- 
stant Chee heard his name echo off 
the canyon walls and saw Johnny 
jump back. Chee knew instantly 
what had happened as he raced 
toward his brother. Johnny sat on 
the ground clasping his right leg. 
Kneeling down, Chee lifted his pant 
leg and immediately spotted the 
fang marks just above the ankle. 

"Lie down and keep still, " Chee 
said, as he helped his brother to the 
ground. "Lean against this sage- 
brush and take my belt and wrap it 
around your leg." Chee remem- 
bered his health class at school and 
how it was necessary to keep snake 
poison from spreading fast. "I'll run 
and get help. Don't move until I get 
back," Chee called, as he picked up 
a stick and looked for the snake. It 
was nowhere in sight and Chee 
knew he must get help quickly. He 
started running but which way 
should he go? His mother would be 
home but his father had the pickup 
truck with him digging potatoes in 

As he rushed out of the canyon 
onto the flats Chee noticed a hght 
to the east in the growing dusk. 
"The tent revival," Chee thought to 
himself. The Brethren Navajo Mis- 

sion was conducting a tent revival 
this week near his home at Mud 
Springs. He knew some of the mis- 
sionaries would be there and they 
would help. As he ran, Chee could 
make out the tent against the pink 
sky. His sides ached and his clothes 
were wet with perspiration, but he 
knew he did not dare to stop even 
to catch his breath. As he neared 
the big tent he could hear singing 
over the muffled sound of the light 
generator. Panting heavily, he 
stepped inside the tent. Near the 
door sat one of the missionaries. 
Motioning with his hand he 
beckoned him outside and quickly 
blurted out what had happened. 
The missionary grabbed his hand 
and pulled him toward the van 
truck parked near the generator. 
The next few minutes passed quick- 
ly as the truck bounced across the 
sagebrush flats and into the canyon. 
When they found Johnny he was 
crying and his leg was beginning to 
swell. The ride to the hospital 40 
miles away was fast once they got 
on the main road, but Chee won- 
dered if they would make it in time 
for the white doctors to help. He 
remembered hearing how a girl not 
too far from their home had died 
from a rattlesnake bite. 

"Chee, wake up! It's time for us 
to go home." Chee opened his eyes 
and saw his mother standing beside 
him. "It wasn't a dream after aU," 
he thought to himself as he looked 
anxiously at his mother. "The doc- 
tor says Johnny is going to be all 
right," his mother said. "God has 
been good to us in sparing Johnny's 
hfe. You did the right thing in get- 
ting help so quickly." Chee took his 
mother's hand and together they 
walked outside to get in the mission 

The ride back home was a pleas- 
ant one as Chee sat in the back seat 
with the warm summer air blowing 
on his face from the open windows. 
He leaned back and let his mind re- 
trace all the experiences of the last 
24 hours. How fortunate he was to 
have the opportunity to attend the 

Brethren Navajo Mission School 
along with his brother. He and 
Johnny had both accepted the Lord 
as their Saviour during a special 
chapel service two years before. His 
mother and father had also become 
Christians during a tent meeting 
just like the one being held near his 
home now. "I wonder what it 
would be like if there was no Breth- 
ren Navajo Mission?" he thought to 
himself. "Perhaps Johnny and I 
would have gone to some govern- 
ment boarding school and may have 
never heard about Jesus dying on 
the cross for our sin. And I remem- 
ber how my father used to drink all 
the time before he, too, became a 
Christian. I am glad the missionaries 
came to our area," Chee thought as 
the truck turned onto the dirt road 
leading to his home. "I wonder if 
our sponsors and the other white 
Christians across this country, who 
our teachers have told us about, 
really understand how much the 
Mission means to our people? I 
wonder if they realize that their 
gifts to the Mission make it possible 
for many families such as mine to 
have the opportunity of becoming 

The mission truck pulled to a 
stop in front of the hogan. The mis- 
sionary spoke, "You're home, 
Chee. I'll be by tomorrow morning 
to take your mother back to the 
hospital to get Johnny. I think he 
will be ready to come home then. I 
called your father in Colorado and 
he will be home this weekend. It 
looks like everything is going to be 
OK. I hope you don't have too 
much trouble rounding up your 
sheep and goats." 

"Thank-you," spoke Chee's 
mother as she got out of the truck. 
"God has truly been good to us to- 
day." Chee got out and closed the 
door. The van puUed away and 
raised a cloud of dust as it headed 
for the main road. Chee hfted his 
hand and waved. "Yes," Chee 
thought, "God surely has been 
good to us! But what if there was 
no Brethren Navajo Mission?" 

may '79 


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Benefits from Self-Support 

Asked to head-up a self-support committee, your mission these last few weeks has been to 
find reasons why your church should go self-supporting. In your first encounter with former 
home mission pastors, you learned that many congregations have achieved a self-supporting 
status because they have set a goal. They wanted to be independent, on their own, establishing 
a strong self-image within their community. A second motivating force was a desire "to minis- 
ter, rather than be ministered to." Being good stewards of God's money, self-supporting 
churches have freed offerings that could be used in starting other Brethren Home Mission 

Finally, a third reason you found common among these former home mission pastors was a 
willingness to step out in faith-trusting God for the future. 

Briefed on reasons for self-support, you now consider the results. What can your church ex- 
pect to gain from stepping out on their own? 

Continuing our series on "Why Go Self-Supporting?" the Brethren 
Home Missions Council has asked six former home mission pastors, 
"What benefits has your church experienced, or anticipates to experi- 
ence, from going self-supporting?" Here are their replies. 

Pastor Robert 


God worlc — 

tlirougli us 

Pastor Milan 

an enlarging 

view^ of 

the work — 

greater goals 

and blessings 

Grace Brethren Church, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. 

I think there is one very important benefit we derived from going self-supporting. 
That benefit is the opportunity to watch God demonstrate His faithfulness and 
ability when we were not able to depend upon as many human intermediaries. 
Certainly it is God who supplies our needs whether we are a home mission 
church or a self-supporting one. But for the local church, the opportunity is 
much more real to observe God's supply when there are fewer steps between the 
giver and the receiver. 

We have seen God supply in at least two ways. Often we have prayed for one 
or two new families to be added to us during a short period of time, and God has 
supplied. Part of the reason for such a prayer included our need for financial 
growth to carry the load. Here too God has supplied. From unexpected large re- 
pairs to our heat pumps, to a $1 ,000-plus rise in the cost of paving. He has 
always proved to be the God who is sufficient! 

Saddleback Valley Grace Brethren Church, Mission Viejo, California. 

My answer to this would be threefold. First of all, we've already seen an atmos- 
phere of excitement and a healthy pride in the fact that the measurable goal of 
going self-supporting was accomplished and people thrive on accomplishment. 
Secondly, and related to this, would be the fact that when one goal is accom- 
plished the congregation is then ready to say, "We are able, with the Lord's help, 
to take on an even larger goal." 

Then thirdly, we know that as a church, we will experience the blessings of 
God as we demonstrate our faith in Him, in our dependence upon Him, rather 
than man. 

The Bible says in Hebrews 1 1 :6 that "without faith it is impossible to please 
Him." As we do step out in faith, we are pleasing God and we will have His bless- 
ings upon our further steps of faith. 

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Pastor Ron 

a growth In 


and enthusiasm 

for the Lord 

Grace Brethren Church, Bowling Green, Ohio. 

We have seen a stronger commitment among our people. Attendance has con- 
tinued upward; offerings have been strong; individuals have grown in their 
personal commitment to the Lord. All of this has resulted in a great excitement 
for the things of the Lord. 

Also, the Spirit of God has been placing before us open doors into the hearts 
of people. People have been making decisions and yielding their lives to the 
Lord. We believe that this is partly because we have openly declared, as a church, 
our commitment to perform the work of God in Bowling Green without any 

Pastor Ed 


for outreach — 

prepared to grow 

Kenai Grace Brethren Church, Kenai, Alaska. 

One of the greatest benefits of going self-supporting is the goal setting that is 
involved and then the training that takes place in reaching our goal. Case in 

Approximately 18 months before our goal date of becoming self-supporting, 
the Lord gave us the opportunity of starting a Bible class in a community 170 
miles from our church. As a home mission church, we took on the mission out- 
reach of flying an assistant pastor into the community once a week to conduct 
a home Bible study. Now that church is a home mission church, has a full-time 
pastor, and averages 80 people in their morning worship service. 

Of course the natural question to be asked is where or how does a home 
mission church have an assistant pastor to send into another community? Well, 
we serve a great God, and I do believe that God, knowing our hearts as a body of 
believers and our desire to reach out, gave us that extra man just so we might 
reach out. 

By the time this home Bible study became an organized church with a full- 
time pastor, the Lord led us to look elsewhere to start another work. The loca- 
tion was found, moneys were given, and a work was formed in a community 80 
miles in the other direction from the first point. Praise God; the Lord provided 
another assistant pastor to go into that community to start a Bible study class. 
Now, within a few months, that church will also have a full-time pastor. 

Jesus said the fields are white unto the harvest and He was right! I believe 
that we were able to go from 24 members meeting in a mobile home, double- 
wide trailer, to a self-supporting church in its own building, because God blessed 
our desire to reach out while yet a mission point. 

Pastor Steve 


to look outward to 

supporting others 

Grace Brethren Church, Aiken, South Carolina. 

From the standpoint of national (Brethren) recognition, support (financial and 
prayer), and encouragement, there seems to be more when one is a home mission 
church. This is no doubt due to a greater amount of advertising. 

So on the surface it would seem that self-supporting is a disadvantage. But 
only in the same sense that a baby might view walking as a disadvantage over 
riding in a stroller. 

Our job is to mature and reproduce, and part of that process is self-supporting 
This step encourages the church to look outward and less inward. 

Pastor Kenneth 

trusting — 
knowing God will 
complete his work 

Bible Brethren Church, Glendora, California. 

Going self-supporting has given us: 

A sense of— God helped us reach our goal! 
A deeper commitment— this is our responsibility now. 
A growing conviction— that God, who led and provided this far certainly 
would not stop just because we went self-supporting. 

may '79 





It's all about relationships- with 

family, with friends and most 

importantly with God 

Pastor Doyle Miller 

What is a teen-ager? A person in 
a state of flux between childhood 
and whatever comes after the age 
nineteen. A seven-year period when 
a boy is neither a man nor a child 
and a girl who is neither woman nor 
a child. That age at which a young 
person on any given day can func- 
tion as an adult and yet the very 
next day break the heart of Mom 
and Dad and act very much like a 

Teen-agers are forever reminding 
adults that they know everything 
and Mom and Dad are forever re- 
minding teen-agers that they know 
nothing. Parents should be given a 
little credit, after all, they, too, 
passed through those fitful years of 

The most important and diffi- 
cult ministry of the local church is 

to this age group. A recent survey 
pointed out that the majority of 
adults up to tlie present time ac- 
cepted Christ in their teen years. 

We, at the House of Truth, be- 
heve that teen-agers are important. 
Two staff members spend from six 
to eight hours each week minis- 
tering to teen-agers. Througli many 
of the teens we have opportunity to 
minister to parents and other 
family members. Recently, an 
IsraeU-bom teen-ager accepted 
Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Pray 
with us as we have further contact 
with her parents. It is a challenge 
and a responsibility to plan Bible 
studies, group activities, and special 
fun nights. 

To emphasize the importance of 
this ministry I have found that 75 
to 80 percent of our teen-agers 
come from broken homes. One of 
the areas we are concentrating cm* i 

our Bible studies is that of family 
relationships within the home. The 
home is where the rubber meets the 
road and there are no hard fast an- 
swers to some of the problems that 
our teens face witliin the family 
structure. 1 want to give you an 
idea of the impact of drugs in our 

Last week I was counseling a 
father and his son who is eight 
years old. As we sat around my din- 
ing room table the father decided 
to search his son's pockets. The boy 
had disappeared the night before 
and the police had been searching 
for him all during the night. To our 
amazement, father found money, 
toys, rings, and so forth. As he con- 
tinued his search the boy began to 
cry harder and harder, clutching in 
his hand a small silver foil packet 
which contained 18-22 tablets of 
Yes, » tittle eight-year-old 

may '79 

boy using drugs, crying and begging 
his father not to make him tq 
what was in his hand. Just an 
ample of how a young child in 
wrong environment becomes in- 
volved even five years before he be- 
comes a teen-ager. Please pray for 
tliis boy. At this very moment his 
father wants me to take temporary 
legal custody of the child. Unless 
God gives me a real peace about it 
my answer will be negative. This 
father has got to turn to Jesus 
Christ and by His strength and by 
His grace will changes begin to take 

The great problem our teen-agers 
face in the home is one of com- 
munication. These young people 
share everytliing, and I mean every- 
thing witli peer groups, and otlier 
adults, but they never dialogue with 
Mom and Dad. Many of them share 
with me stating "my parents don't 
care or they don't have time for 
me." I recently took a survey of 
our teens and in the survey the 
number one problem in the home 
was that of the incomplete family 
unit and communication. Tlie Jew- 
ish home throughout the ages was 
considered vital, important, sacred. 
Today only two or three of our 
Jewish teen-agers have both father 
and mother in the home. 

Here at BET EMET we endeavor 
to give bibhcal principles and time 
and love. One Friday night, we had 
a special fun niglit at Disneyland. 
The Miller family left the house at 
5:00 p.m. to pick up the group. We 
arrived at Disneyland by 7:15 pjn. 
at which time we had a quiet time 
in the Word of God. Then we spent 
from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. at Disney- 
land. By 2:30 a.m. the Miller family 
was more than ready to sack out. 

I We feel it a privilege and a joy to 
be able not only to share Christ but 
that a portion of our lives will have 
some positive input into the lives 
of our Jev/ish young people. Many 
of tliem continually remind us of 
the importance of the Friday night 
Bible study. Continue to pray for 
teen-agers around the world and 
especially here in the Fairfax area 
of Los Angeles. 

P.S. Include also in your prayers 
a teen-ager in the Miller family- 
Alike (Prov. 3.4). 


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Mr. David Schultze as interim leader ministers to the 
Dryhill congregation 

Accepting a unanimous call to 
the ministry, Rev. Samuel Baer has 
joined the Dryhill, Kentucky, con- 
gregation as their new pastor. After 
candidating at Dryhill on January 
28, 1979, Mr. Baer received a 
phone call the following Sunday an- 
nouncing that the congregation had 
unanimously voted him a call. Be- 
lieving that God has intervened in 
their lives, the Baer family— Pastor 
Sam; his wife, Betty Ann; and chil- 
dren, Bambie, Samuel and 
Michael— have committed them- 
selves to the Kentucky ministry and 
moved from their Florida home on 
February 12, 1979. 

Prior to his Dryhill move, Mr. 
Baer served as associate pastor of 
the St. Petersburg, Florida, Grace 
Brethren Church. Heading-up St. 
Petersburg's bus ministry. Pastor 
Sam had seen the ministry grow 
from two routes to five, and reach 
over 300 children for Christ each 
year. It was from this active partici- 
pation in the bus work that Sam 
has expanded his vision for Dryhill : 
"I would like to see a bus ministry 
get started in Kentucky, not to use 
the big buses back on the dirt 
roads— but rather on the main 

roads. There are about 75-80 homes 
from Hyden (9 miles south of Dry- 
hill) out to our mission. That could 
make a bus route right there!" 

Pastor Baer's dream of a Dryhill 
bus ministry is not limited to just 
children. "I've seen the bus minis- 
try really work. If you have a 
strong visitation program, you can 
get the parents into the church," 
says Baer. 

Although he is anxious for the 
day when they can have an effec- 
tive bus ministry, Pastor Baer 
knows that a soUd foundation with- 
in the church must be developed 
before an expanding ministry can 
be supported. In these first few 
months of his ministry, Sam would 
like to disciple some of the men of 
the church and buOd a strong laity 
base. The new Dryhill pastor be- 
lieves that such a laity foundation 
will be essential for the church's 

Mr. Baer arrives on the field not 
only trained for the ministry, hav- 
ing graduated from Grace College 
and completed three years of edu- 
cation at Grace Seminary, but also 
is weU experienced. In addition to 
his bus ministry, being an associate 

Rev. Sam Baer in the Dryhill church sanctuary 

pastor at St. Petersburg also gave 
Mr. Baer experience in the pulpit, 
in youth work and in leading a 
choir. Prior to his involvement at 
St. Petersburg, Sam served as a 
youth pastor at the Covington, 
Virginia, Grace Brethren Church. 

Rev. Sam Baer is the third pastor 
to serve at Dryhill Chapel since its 
founder, Miss Evelyn Fuqua, en- 
tered into foreign missionary work 
in 1964. Under the leadership of 
Marvin Lowery, who followed Miss 
Fuqua, a branch work was started 
at Elkhom. Mr. Baer will be minis- 
tering to this branch in addition to 
the Dryhill Chapel. 

After the completion of Rev. 
John ShoUy's ministry at Dryhill 
last fall, Mr. David Schultze, a lay- 
man from Columbus, Ohio, Grace 
Brethren Church, has bridged the 
gap of about six months. He has 
done an excellent job during this 
waiting and transition period be- 
tween the two full-time ministers. 
The ministry at DryhiU has sharp- 
ened Dave's appetite for Brethren 
Home Missions work and the Coun- 
cil looks forward to future minis- 
tries together. 

Rev. Sam Baer needs our 
national prayer support as he enters 
into this ministry and leads the 
Dryhill congregation into some new 
goals and objectives. 

' may '79 

Lansing Pastor Ordained 

Dr. William A. Cochran III, 
pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Lansing, Michigan, was 
ordained to the Christian minis- 
try on Sunday, December 24, 
1978. The special ordination 
service was held at 2:30 p.m. in 
the Grace Brethren Church with 
Dr. Lester E. Pifer, executive 
secretary of the Brethren Home 
Missions Council, the speaker 
for the occasion. Other pastors 
who assisted in the service from 
the Michigan district included: 
Rev. Gilbert Hawkins, Jackson, 
Michigan; Rev. William Stevens, 
Lake Odessa, Michigan; and 
Rev. Russell Sarver, Hastings, 

Dr. Cochran had just ac- 
cepted the call to Lansing a few 
months prior to the ordination 
after completing work at the 

Toledo Bible College and Semi- 
nary toward his Th.D. Dr. 
Cochran graduated from Auburn 
University, Auburn, Alabama, 
and Grace Theological Seminary, 
Winona Lake, Indiana. 

While Dr. Cochran was in 
training for the ministry he 
served as youth pastor at Fort 
Lauderdale, Florida, and assist- 
ant pastor at Union, Ohio. At 
the time of his caO to Lansing he 
was teaching a Bible class in 
Toledo, Ohio. 

"Bill," as he is commonly 
known, is a native of Alabama, 
married (wife's name is Sharon), 
was originally hcensed by the 
Southern Ohio district, is now 
Dr. William Cochran, an or- 
dained minister in the Fellow- 
ship of Grace Brethren Churches. 

L. to R. : Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Rev. Gilbert Hawkins, Rev. Russell Sarver 
laying hands on Dr. William Cochran accompanied by Mrs. Cochran. 

Union Paves ^vay for Lansing 

Bus Ministry 

L. to R.: Pastor Ron Picard, Union's bus director, Darrel Prim, 
and Pastor Bill Cochran. 

Responding to similar ministry 
goals, the Community Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Union, Ohio, recent- 
ly donated a bus to the Lansijig, 
Michigan, Grace Brethren Church. 
The presentation occurred during 
the Eastern Home Missions Work- 
shop, March 6-8, and was the result 
of the Union church's close ties 
with Lansing and their new pastor. 
Dr. William Cochran. 

Prior to Dr. Cochran's current 
ministry at Lansing, he served as 
Assistant Pastor at the Community 
Grace Brethren Church of Union. 
Working with Pastor Ron Picard for 
close to four years. Pastor Cochran 
saw the first-hand results of an ef- 
fective bus ministry. Expressing his 
burden for such a ministry at 
Lansing, Pastor Cochran was over- 
whelmed with the supportive gift of 
the Union church. 

may '79 




news report 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 

ONews from New Troy, Mich.: Roger JCrynock, 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Church in New Troy, 
Mich., had his first baptismal service on March 18, 
since his arrival there. Three believers followed the 
Lord's command in baptism on that date. Also, the 
men's group of the New Troy Grace Brethren Church 
has begun an active ministry to the men of the 
Berrien County JaU. They have been averaging about 
seven decisions every service, which is held once a 

Din the March 2, 1979, issue oi Christianity Today, 
three BMH Books were listed in the Theology and 
Apologetics section of the Key Books of \97S: Pulpit 
Words Translated for Pew People by Charles W. 
Turner, The Holy Spirit and You by Dr. Bernard N. 
Schneider, and The Moon, Its Creation, Form and 
Significance by Dr. John C. Whitcomb and Dr. 
Donald B. De Young. The Missionary Herald staff and 
board of trustees are grateful for the recognition 
given these Brethren authors and their books. 

DThe Ralph Millers, previously of Parkersburg, 
W.Va., are now in Wilkes Barre, Pa., hoping to start a 
Grace Brethren church there. A Bible class is being 
planned and it is the Millers' desire that this will de- 
velop into Sunday services. Any Brethren who live in 
this area can contact the MiUers for further details: 
Rev. and Mrs. Ralph Miller, 67 Barney St., Wilkes 
Barre, Pa. 18702 (Tel. 717/825-0913). 

n A challenge has been made to the people of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Sacramento, Calif., to raise 
one-half of the church's general fund deficit. This per- 
son will match the amount of the church's giving. As 
an added challenge, this person has promised to 
match 50 percent of the amount needed up to 
$10,000 for the educational building fund. 

n A dedication service for the new educational wing 
at the First Brethren Church in Martinsburg, Pa., will 
be held on Easter Sunday, April 15, at 3:00 p.m. 
William Snell, pastor. 

D Rocky Mountain District Conference will be held 
on June 7-9 at Camp Id-Ra-Ha-Je near Denver, Colo. 
There will be child-care through sixth grade. Youth 
program for seventh grade and above. Adult program 
with Dr. Vance Yoder, academic dean of Grace Col- 
lege, as speaker. 

D R. Terryl Delaney, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Whittier, CaUf., has announced his resigna- 
tion, beginning the first Sunday in June. 

D A free examination copy of The Family First will 
be sent to any pastor. Christian education director or 
Sunday school superintendent (one copy per church, 
please). This study guide, written by Dr. Kenneth O. 
Gangel, president of Miami Christian College, is 
scheduled for use in the Brethren adult curriculum 
beginning Sept. 2, 1979. Send your note for one free 
copy of The Family First to the Herald Co., P.O. Box 
544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. (Please note: The 
Teacher's Resource Booklet will be a "must" for use 
with The Family First, and those ordering suppUes 
should be sure to order a copy for each teacher or 
discussion leader.) 

Change your annuel 

Michael S. Blakely, 1386 Choyce Circle, Chariotte, 
N.C. 28210. a Robert Collitt's home telephone 
number on page 83 of the Annual should read: 
703/342-2625. DThe telephone number of the 
Lexington, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church should read: 
419/884-2687. D Covington, Ohio, Grace Brethren 
Church, all mail to pastor's address: Randall May- 
cumber, 8575 Covington-Bradford Rd., Covington, 
Ohio 45318. Telephone: 513/473-5550. DMelvin 
Van Orman, Hopewell Grace Brethren Church, R. D. 
2, Box 477, Duncansville, Pa. 16635. D Ralph Miller, 
67 Barney St., Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 18702 (Tel. 
717/825-0913). DThe congregation of the New 
Troy Brethren church, New Troy, Mich., unanimous- 
ly voted to change the name to the New Troy Grace 
Brethren Church. 

DAnkenytown, Ohio. Rev. Howard M. Snively has 
tendered his resignation as pastor of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, effective May 20, 1979. 

n Ed Jackson, pastor, Kenai, Alaska, has accepted a 
call to the Grace Brethren Church of Orlando, Fla. He 
wOl resume his new pastorate the first of June. Wil- 
ham H. Schaffer, associate pastor, will minister to the 
Kenai congregation untU a new pastor can be secured. 

, may '79 


Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the 

BAIRD, Jean, 89, Jan. 6, 1978, First Brethren 
Church, Fort Wayne, Ind. Galen Lingenfelter, pastor. 
BECK, Susie, 85, March 8, charter member of the 
Leamersville Grace Brethren Church, Duncansville, 
Pa. John Gregory, pastor. 

KERNS, Gertrude, 75, Oct. 11, 1978, First Brethren 
Church, Fort Wayne, Ind. Galen Lingenfelter, pastor. 
KERNS, Hazel, 85, Nov. 23, 1978, First Brethren 
Church, Fort Wayne, Ind. Galen Lingenfelter, pastor. 
KREIGH, Nilah, 73, Jan. 10, First Brethren Church, 
Fort Wayne, Ind. Galen Lingenfelter, pastor. 
RECHT, Daniel, 31, Aug. 18, 1978, First Brethren 
Church, Fort Wayne, Ind. Galen Lingenfelter, pastor. 
SEIBERT, Celia, 88, March 2, First Brethren Church, 
Fort Wayne, Ind. Galen Lingenfelter, pastor. 


Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest al- 
ways upon, these new families who join the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald readership. A six-month free subscription to 
the Herald is given to newlyweds whose addresses are sup- 
plied by the officiating minister. 

Ann Schanzenbach and Andy Riggs, Feb. 3, Sacra- 
mento, Calif. 

Linda McCormick and Thomas Thompson, March 24, 
Grace Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. 

D Considering new hymnals for your church? Write to 
Charles Koontz, Missionary Herald, P.O. Box 544, 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590, for samples and prices. 

DTomio, Finland (EP)-The new Soviet-Finnish cus- 
toms agreement, which went into effect January 1, 
placing the Bible alongside drugs, whiskey, and 
weapons as prohibited imports was recently enforced 
for the first time by the Finns. 

At Tornio, which is on the Swedish border, 2,500 
Bibles bound for Soviet Russia were seized. They 
were concealed in three autos in an attempt to 
smuggle them into Russia. In December, the Arrange- 
ments Committee of the European Helsinki Group 
protested the agreement as a violation of the Helsinki 
Council of Churches, and the European Council in 

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will be next 
quarter's adult 
study guide. Written by the 
late Dr. Harold H. Etling. 

This study guide is an overview of the Book of 
Matthew, and will help you grasp the whole pic- 
ture of this first book of the New Testament. Even 
though many books have been written on Matthew, 
it seems that each author is able to harvest addi- 
tional insights and helps from its rich soil. 

Dr. Harold H. Etling, the author, is now with 
the Lord. To his many friends who knew and 
loved him, as well as many who will leam from 
him the first time, this book wOl be a great bless- 
ing. It is suitable for individual or class use. 

The regular price of the study guide is $3.95. 
However, it wUl be priced at $1.75 each for church 
quantity orders received through August 31, 1979. 
(Individual orders will be accepted at the $3.95 
price, postage paid, when check accompanies the 
order.) Send your order to the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald Co., P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 

A Teacher's Resource Booklet is available for 
use with this Matthew study guide. It is priced at 
$2.95 and is available from the Herald Co. 

may '79 I 

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Rev. Foster Tresise 

As we approached the island of 
Oahu, Hawaii, in May of 1953, we 
saw a sight which we had never be- 
fore, nor since, seen. I looked down 
on a cloud and there was the 
shadow of our plane completely 
encircled by a rainbow. To us this 
was not just an incident, but we re- 
ceived it as a fulfillment of God's 
covenant and promise of His grace 
and mercy in our mission. How 
gloriously true, wondrously faith- 
ful, and fulfilling He has been, and 
is, to His Word all these years. 

Joy fUls my heart as I contem- 
plate what God has done over the 
years. Let me tell you how our 
church in Hawaii started. 

Brethren missionary work began 
on Oahu in the early 1950's when a 
Brethren serviceman, Sergeant 

Edwin J. Jones, and his wife were 
stationed in the Red HUl military 
housing area. Keen for the Lord, 
they started a Sunday school which 
the Lord blessed with growth. 
Knowing they would be leaving the 
island when their tour of duty was 
up, they appealed to the Foreign 
Missionary Society (since Hawaii 
was stiU a territory and not a state) 
to send a missionary. 

The FMS Board was led to ac- 
cept the challenge, and so in 1953 
my wife and I went as missionaries 
to carry on the testimony. Within a 
month of our arrival, we were 
forced to move out of our meeting 
place because of expansion by the 

Meeting with the proper authori- 
ties, we stated our need and desires. 

left: Marguerite and Foster 

right : The Waipio church 
under construction 

far right : Rev. Charles Turner 
presented the Dedication 
Day's sermon 

page 16: The Waipio Grace 
Brethren Church on 
Dedication Day 

God wonderfully led in moving 
them to cooperate in a bountiful 
measure. In this endeavor, it was 
my privilege to tour the area with 
Mr. Lee Mace (head of the Hawaii 
Housing Authority), Chaplain Lina- 
weaver (head Chaplain of the Four- 
teenth Naval District), and a Navy 
ordinance man (whose name I don't 
recall). We tried to find an available 
and suitable area for relocation. 
After some time, God led Mr. Mace 
to allocate to us a 20 foot by 60 
foot Quonset shelter right in the 
center of the Red HiU housing area. 
It could not have been better! 

After renovating the structure 
completely, this building became 
our place of worship and service for 
approximately 10 years. It was 
beautiful and very adequate. In this 
place of appointment, many came 
under the sound of the Word of 
God, and many outstanding deci- 
sions for Christ were recorded. Our 
ministry in Red HiU became the 
highlight of our service and life. 

During this time, my wife and I 
were serving on a self-supporting 
basis. This, coupled with the area in 
which we were located, did not per- 
mit establishing a permanent work 
or expanding. Therefore, in 1957 
the Foreign Missionary Society 
took our fuU support and, in 
November 1960, we located in our 
present area and began our out- 

In the intervening time, we con- 
tinued the work in Red HUl and in 
KaUua where we had moved and 
established several Bible classes. 
The original work at Red HUl was 

14 may '79 

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carried on by the local church until 
the government closed the area and 
the people had to locate elsewhere. 

Moving in the Waipio area and 
locating here is another testimony 
to the leading and faithfulness of 
our God. We bought a piece of 
property and had a house buUt on 
it in a newly developing section, 
moving in the day before Thanks- 
giving 1960. Immediately we can- 
vassed the area and had our first 
Sunday school and worship services 
on January 8, 1961. Meeting in our 
home and utilizing every room for 
worship and classrooms presented 
many problems, but God overruled 
in every situation. Looking back 
upon that time in our service, we 
can say "it was never a burden, nor 
did we ever fret under the circum- 
stances. God gave the joy, and His 
blessings were abundant." 

God gave a fine nucleus of local 
individuals (and we praise God, it 
has continued to be local); attend- 
ances increased, and on the day 
President Kennedy was assassinated, 
we were incorporated into a local 
body of beUevers. All this time we 
were trying to purchase property, 
but, to our dismay, none was avail- 
able. All existing property had been 
developed. None remained, except 
that which belonged to the Dole 
Pineapple Plantation and this was 
not for sale. But this did not stymie 

On one occasion when I was in 
town on business, God said to me, 
"Foster, why don't you go up to 
Finance Reality and see if they 
have anything to offer in the Wai- 

pio area?" I went to that business 
and inquired and to my amazement 
and to God's glory the man to 
whom I spoke said, "Yes, we have a 
piece of property," and showed me 
our present property on his maps. 
It was certainly not the best, but it 
did present great possibilities; and 
considering the price of land, I 
could not refuse the prospect. With- 
out hesitation I said, "I'U take it." 

I was led to this prospect the 
very day it was put on the market. 
Our people in Uke manner con- 
curred in every decision. We 
prayed, were united, and took 
every step necessary to see the 
reaUty of our ambitions of purchas- 
ing the property and building a 
church come about. 

At that time we agreed it would 
be best to do the construction our- 
selves in order to save money. 
Laboring for a number of months 
on weekends and providing as the 
Lord made it possible with labor 
and materials, we succeeded in see- 
ing the ground level section fairly 

Then by an act of God, the work 
was hindered, but not defeated. In 
His providence He brought to us a 
man, Dr. Bernard Schneider, who, 
in the wisdom of God, suggested 
what we needed to do. We saw the 
wisdom of his suggestion, secured a 
contractor who agreed to work just 
as far as our finances would permit. 
Within six weeks the building was 
completely under roof, and our 
people were girding themselves for 
the furnishing and equipping of the 

One man supervised our con- 
struction from its beginning and 
personally wired the building 
electrically. We had within our 
group a painting contractor. As 
soon as a piece of work was com- 
plete, he was right on the job to 
care for that detail. Another of our 
men is a locksmith, and what a joy 
it is to find all our locks responding 
to the gentle persuasion of one key. 
Another is gifted in working with 
wood and has done a magnificent 
piece of work with cabinets and the 
pulpit. Besides having talents of a 
special nature in music, our song 
director took a special interest in 
the ampUfying unit and did excep- 
tional work with its speaker 
cabinets, installation, and assembly. 
We had men of every talent who 
were united, faithful, and coopera- 
tive. The work prospered. 

The women of our church are 
not to be sUghted. While the men 
did more of the physical tasks, per- 
haps, the women labored in every 
conceivable way with their gifts. It 
fell to them to provide what we re- 
fer to here in Hawaii as "Kau-Kau," 
which in the common vernacular 
means food. They also worked 
equally with the men and became 
just as dirty and tired. But those 
days were days of great strength, 
joy, and victory. 

Finally, the building was com- 
pleted and so were our finances. 
But the church needed to be furn- 
ished and equipped and we had to 
grade and blacktop the parking lot 
before the state would grant per- 
mission for us to move in. What 

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were we to do? God again led in His 
wonderful design. 

Our people united and pur- 
chased pews from a company in 
Oregon, a piano was loaned for 
service, classroom chairs were pro- 
vided from some source unknown 
to the pastor, and things of various 
natures began to appear in the way 
of beautification and for utility. 

God provided a parking lot, too. 
A company in Honolulu volun- 
teered, without our soUcitation, to 
pave our parking area free of 
charge. The only thing they re- 
quested was that they could use it 
to demonstrate a particular process 
to prospective customers. Needless 
to say, we readily agreed. 

One of our faithful members 
said on our dedication day, "If you 
ever want to see a miracle of God, 
just take a look at the Waipio 
Grace Brethren Church." God led 
and the work was completed. Isn't 
God wonderful? Isn't He great? 

On February 29, 1976, we 
moved in and occupied the prem- 
ises for the first time. It was with 
joy and expectation, and our God 
has been found abundantly faithful. 
The ministry of the Word is a con- 
tinual joy; God is blessing and we 
are seeing a steady influx of 
visitors. Individuals are rejoicing in 
the teaching of the Word of God 
and are growing. God is pleased to 
permit people to make decisions 
almost weekly. Young people are 
being influenced to go to school 
with a mind of serving their Lord 
and Saviour. 

The climax to our period of 

"espousal" was Dedication Day, 
August 15, 1976. The day was 
perfect: preparations had been 
made, a large tent was erected, the 
service with its specials was 
planned, food was prepared, and 
the guests were invited. Everything 
was ready and God poured out His 
blessing. We were privileged to have 
not only our Brethren tour group 
that came to Hawaii after National 
Conference in California, but also 
other distinguished visitors such as 
the Mayor of Honolulu, the Honor- 
able Frank Fasi, and his wife. After 
an Hawaiian Luau with appropriate 
entertainment, we retired to the 
auditorium, where Rev. Charles 
Turner, editor and general manager 
of the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Company, brought the dedication 
message. Everyone's heart was 
blessed. We were challenged and 
God permitted the members of the 
Waipio Grace Brethren Church to 
stand on the threshold of a new day 
with new conquests for Him. 

Under God, our people are equal 
to the occasion. We have those who 
thrill in the ministry of visitation; 
they have suggested the ministry of 
bus visitation. Our people are 
united and dedicated, and I believe 
the church here has the prospect of 
His fuUness and all that contains. 
With God all things are possible. We 
are the only ones who limit Him. 

Statistically, I wish we could say 
with others that our growth is ex- 
ceeding all bounds, that our facul- 
ties are being taxed beyond 
capacity, and that there were no 
problems or concerns. I believe 

God's blessings are not always 
measured by the physical, material, 
or numerical abundance. 

I believe in meeting people of 
another culture and background 
"where they are" and laying a 
strong foundation for spiritual 
things. In this strength, God has 
given us the joy of presenting His 
Truth, resisting and expeUing error, 
and building a people of strength 
and unity. Our people are strong, 
stable, and consistent. And God is 
giving a healthy growth and in- 

Our strategy is to work through 
the people. In our experience, the 
greatest witness has been through 
the personal witness of the people 
themselves. It is through this means 
that we are seeing visitors and new 
faces each week. Accordingly, we 
have promoted personal work in- 
struction classes, community survey 
activity, and encouragement in 
giving a personal testimony. 

After so long and considerate a 
time, we have been privileged to go 
self-supporting as a church as of 
January 1, 1979. Our people have 
undertaken the responsibility won- 
derfully and are looking to the 
future with confidence. We believe 
this is entirely fitting, for God is 
permitting the testimony of the 
church to grow. The membership is 
slowly growing with a responsible 
influx. To God goes all the glory. 

If you are ever in Hawaii, we 
would like to encourage you to 
stop by, pay us a visit, and see what 
God has done and what He is 
doing! Aloha. 

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The Goals of the 
Brethren Foreign Missionary Society 

John W. Zielasko 

The story is told of a haughty gunslinger who rode 
into a western town and noticed targets painted on 
many of the buildings. Right smack in the middle of 
each bull's eye was a bullet hole. Impressed with the 
skiUful marksmanship, he made inquiry and dis- 
covered that the bullet holes had been made by the 
town's fool. 

"This is the most wonderful marksmanship I've 
ever seen," commented the gunslinger. "How do you 
do it?" 

"Easy," said the town's fool. "I shoot first and 
draw the circles afterwards." 

That kind of activity can happen in missions. Al- 
most anything can be justified and made to look im- 
pressive after the fact, if no one knows what you are 
aiming at to begin with. As in every other endeavor, 
the Mission Society and her missionaries need goals. 

The following goals challenge the personnel asso- 
ciated with Brethren Foreign Missions. They are en- 
numerated here to enlist your support as well. 

The Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren 
Church is committed to the operation of missions as 
outlined by our Lord in the Great Commission. Long- 
range goals are stated here in general terms since the 
methods used to obtain the goals must be determined 
by varying circumstances. Each field has specific 
measurable goals to accomplish the following: 

1) The redemption of man through the proclama- 
tion of the Gospel. 

2) The planting of churches and the multiplying of 

3) The development of existing congregations. 

4) Adequate church/mission relationships on all 

5) Mission churches developed to the point of mis- 
sion outreach. 

6) The preparation and training of pastors and 
leaders for local congregations. 

7) The national church assuming an increasing 
share and ultimate responsibility for support 

The immediate goals of FMS are the following: 

1) Financial goals— 

a) To balance the budget. Last year's deficit of 
$31,000 must be made up as quickly as pos- 

b) To provide each field with the funds re- 
quired to fulfill local goals. This means a 
financial goal of $1,312,150 for 1979 and 
one and a half million by 1981 ; two million 
by 1984; three million by 1988. 

c) In order to meet these goals, we must ex- 
pand our corporation membership from the 
present 9,000 to 18,000 as quickly as pos- 

2) Personnel goals— 

a) To provide each field with the personnel re- 
quired to fulfill local goals. This means that 

we will need 150 missionaries by 1985; 200 
by 1995. 
b) To train and orient missionary appointees by 
means of a two-and-one-half week candidate 

3) Strategy goals- 

Review and evaluate all field strategies. Since 
all fields now have prepared strategies, this 
goal is stated so that the strategies wUl be re- 
viewed and kept up-to-date annually. (Each 
missionary wOl prepare a job description 
that outlines his task in the overall strategy.) 

4) Expansion goals— 

a) To foUow through with further investigation 
of the Orient and enter that field as quickly 
as personnel is available. 

b) To consider further expansion in Europe. 

5) Promotion goals— 

a) To provide quality pubhcations in order to 
keep the mission program before the Breth- 
ren Church. 

b) To conduct an adequate deputation minis- 
try in churches. 

c) To cultivate the support of Brethren pastors 
and people by providing programs that will 
inform and motivate them. 

Ten ways you can help us reach our goals (per- 
sonal goals for every member of the Brethren 

1 ) Pray daily for God's blessing on missionary per- 
sonnel. (Prayer guides are available to assist 

2) Give generously so that this year the $31,000 
deficit wOl be wiped out. 

3) Be sure you are an FMS Corporation member 
and encourage others to enUst as members of 
the Society. There are now only around 9,000 
members. Help us to double that number this 
year! (Only a $25 contribution for an annual 
membership. $250 for a lifetime.) 

4) Encourage young people in your church to con- 
sider a career in missions. 

5) Volunteer to serve on the mission committee in 
your church. 

6) Write words of encouragement to your mission- 
aries and assure them of your support. 

7) Keep informed on missions by reading (Echoes, 
Herald, newsletters, mission books). 

8) Suggest to your pastor that missionaries be 
given wide exposure to your congregation and 
that a mission seminar be hosted by your 
church. (Contact FMS for details.) Be faithful 
in attending and supporting all mission meet- 
ings in your church. 

9) Dedicate a quarter to mission studies in Sunday 

10) Number 10 is for you to fill in. Ask God what 
He wants you to do. Then, do it. 

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Tltree More for Missions 

Nora Macon 

Several candidates were appointed to missionary service during the February Foreign Missions 
Board of Trustees meetings. The appointees featured here are those who will be leaving this year for 
their field of service. We praise God that He is faithfully raising up people to serve Him as mission- 

Clara Garber 

"When I was about 10 years old, my 
mother and I heard a missionary from Africa 
speak. She told of the work and the need for 
laborers. My thoughts were, 'Oh, if I could 
only go there.' How could I? The church we 
attended didn't preach missions nor send 
missionaries. Later we changed churches. I 
now attend the La Loma Grace Brethren 
Church in Modesto, Cahfornia, where I have 
heard the challenges of many missionaries. 
My childhood desire has not diminished." 

Clara Garber related this when talking 
about her interest in missions. She is a self- 
supporting appointee to the Central African 

Miss Garber is the youngest of seven 
children. She accepted Christ as her Saviour 
at age 1 2. "I came to reahze that I needed to 
take a public stand and to accept the 
redemptive work of Jesus Christ for myself." 

When Clara's father passed away, she felt it 
was her responsibility to care for her mother. 
This she did for 27 years until her mother also 
went to be with the Lord. During this time 
Clara has worked as a long distance telephone 
operator and has been very involved in her 

"Throughout the years I have thought, 
'Lord, would it be possible for me to take an 
early retirement and go to Africa?' When I 
visited there, Marian Thurston commented, 'I 
don't know what we could do with a 
telephone operator.' But in August of 1978, 1 
received a letter from her asking when I could 
retire and come to Africa. Also, many 
missionaries have stayed in my home and said, 
'When (or why) don't you come and help?' 
Each time I would think, 'Lord, could I?' " 

The Lord has led in Clara's life. She took 
an early retirement in April, 1979, and now 
will be a self-supporting missionary. 

Clara will be going to the CAE with her 
brother, career missionary Martin Garber, 
when he returns in June. Pray for Clara as she 
becomes involved in the work and adapts to a 
new culture. 

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Dave and Kathy Manduka 

"When we think of our commitment to 
serve the Lord in missions, the influences that 
brought us to this point easily come to mind. 
For both of us, it began at an early age when 
our mothers led us to the Lord. After that, a 
steady diet of missionary books and 
missionary speakers began to form in us the 
interest of missions." 

So began the missionary involvement of 
Dave and Kathy Manduka, appointees to 
Germany. Dave grew up in Runnemede, New 
Jersey. He attended Drexel University and 
was graduated in 1974 with a B.S. degree in 
Electrical Engineering. At Urbana '73, an 
informative missions conference, he 
committed himself to searching for God's will 
concerning foreign missions service. Three 
months later, he was ready to serve the Lord 
as a missionary. 

Kathy was raised in Lakeville, Indiana. As 
a youth, she was greatly involved in activities 
in her church, especially SMM (she was 
national president one year). Kathy attended 
the Ireland Road Grace Brethren Church in 
South Bend, Indiana, and entered Grace 
College in 1973. Jake Kliever was the one 
who directed Kathy to missions. "I recall 
Jake's words, 'You can't out-give God.' 
Presenting my life to Christ to serve Him is 
not too much to give." 

Dave began studies at Grace Seminary in 
1974. On Grace's campus he met Kathy 
(Shirley). They began to date, were engaged 
in the summer of 1975, and married on June 
5, 1976. 

Shortly before they were married, their 
pastor, Scott Weaver, preached a sermon on 
the increased role local churches should have 
in the selection and sending of missionaries. 
After the service, Kathy and Dave offered 
themselves to the church to send them where 
the church directed. While the Mandukas 
were on their honeymoon, the church board 
accepted this offer and the next six months 
were set as a period of prayer. On New Year's 
Eve, the church unanimously voted to send 
them to Germany. 

"It wasn't easy to turn ourselves over to 
someone else's direction, but we prayed that 
God would give both the church and us the 
same desire." 

During the six months of prayer, the 
Mandukas learned about Germany. They 
wrote to Roger Peugh and he explained what 
was happening in Germany. Recognizing that 
their gifts and abilities fit into this plan, then- 
interest in Germany grew. 

"When the church, without our prompting, 
decided to send us to Germany, it was an 
answer to prayer and a confirmation of God's 

Kathy was graduated from college in 1 977 
with a B.A. degree in Bible and psychology. 
Dave was graduated from seminary in 1 979. 
He served a weekend pastoral internship in 
1976 with the Ireland Road Grace Brethren 
Church ; in 1 978 the Mandukas moved to 
Columbus, Ohio, and Dave joined the staff of 
the Grace Brethren Church (Worthington) as a 
full-time pastoral intern. 

The Mandukas will be leaving for Germany 
in the fall of 1979. Pray for them as they 
enter language school and adapt to a new 

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Dr. Floyd Taber— 
Faee to Faee 
With his iSavioitr 

Dr. Floyd W. Taber served the 
African mission of the Brethren 
Church as a healer of bodies and 
souls for more tlian 35 years. On 
February 12, 1979, this servant 
went to be with his Lord. He was 
bom on August 16, 1901 , in Center 
Creek, Minnesota, and grew up 
around Long Beach, CaUfomia. 

Dr. Taber was vitally interested 
in the spiritual needs of his patients 
and was instrumental in setting up 
the program for all African nurses 
to take two years of Bible Institute 
work before receiving the title of 
"medical evangelists." After gradua- 
tion they are able to care for the 
spiritual as well as the physical 
needs of their patients. 

Dr. Taber and his wife, Ada, 
went through many years of study 
before their arrival in Africa. Dr. 
Taber attended Long Beach Poly- 
technical from 1915 to 1920. 
Then in 1921, he attended Xenia 
Seminary and received a three-year 
diploma. Floyd and Ada (Zellner) 
were married on April 3, 1927, and 
the same spring they were gradu- 
ated from Ashland College. 

That fall the Tabers went to 
France to pursue some years of 
study to fit them for service on the 
field in what was then French 
Equatorial Africa. Together they 
entered school with courage and 
zeal. Nine long years were spent in 
France before he was enabled to 
serve as a practicing physician. He 
received his M.D. from the Universi- 
ty of Paris. 

Following the years in France, 
they returned to the U.S. for a visit 
before going to the mission. The 
Taber family arrived on the field in 
1937, and Dr. Taber began his work 
of healing the sick, preaching the 
Gospel, training African nurses, and 
enlarging the number of dis- 

When Dr. Taber arrived on the 
field, he had the privilege of work- 
ing with Dr. Florence Gribble, a 
Brethren pioneer missionary to 
Africa. Together they had the 
honor of opening a dispensary for 
the treatment of lepers only. 

The Tabers served from the time 
of their arrival without interrup- 
tion, except for 10 months spent in 
French government medical service 
during World War II. During various 
periods of the intervening years, Dr. 
Taber was the only medical doctor 
serving with the mission. 

The Tabers had four children: 
Charles and Marguerite who were 
bom in France, and Lois and Allan 
who were bom in Africa. After 
their retirement in 1973, the Tabers 
hved in Winona Lake, Indiana. 

Dr. Taber was loved and re- 
spected by his fellow missionaries. 
He was someone special. Dr. Taber 
received earthly rewards, but we 
know he is now looking at his Lord 
and Saviour face to face and is re- 
ceiving that heavenly and etemal 
reward that will never fade nor pass 
away. How precious to God must 
be the death of this great saint. 



From my earliest knowledge of Floyd Tal 
until he went to be with the Lord, one char 
teristic that seems to stand out above all oth 
was his sensitivity to the needs of others. Wh 
ever the needs may have been— physic 
spiritual, or whatever, he would seek to m^ 
those needs. 

Early in our missionary lives, it was nee 
sary for my wife and me to go to the Ca 
eroons because of health problems. It was 
long and hard trip in the midst of the rai 
season. The bouncy pickup we were traveling 
had only room for three passengers in the fr( 
seat. This created a problem because there wi 
four of us. However, being sensitive to c 
needs, Dr. Taber worked it out that we coi 
all "enjoy" riding in the cab of the pickup fn 
time to time. 

It was during this trip to the Cameroons tl 
we hit a hole very hard and the load shifted, 
we had to get out and secure the baggage, 
said he would sit back with the baggage and 
we took off thinking he was in the back of 1 
pickup. We had pulled away a short distai 
and during the pause of shifting gears, we coi 
hear a voice of distress in the distance. Thi 

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r. Taber 

)r. Taber standing in the middle of the 
So we returned to pick him up and found 
e took the whole matter good-naturedly, 
was also during the journey that we ar- 
in the capital city at an unreasonable 
He did not want to go into the mission 
n there but insisted on going toward an- 
town where we might find lodging for the 
He was sensitive to the fact that we 
I have been intruding into others' lives . 
. Taber was sensitive to the spiritual needs 
low missionaries and would often encour- 
id admonish us through the Word of God. 
g the 23 years we served together on the 
in field, he brought many challenging and 
ical messages from the Word of God. He 
much strength from the Word for his walk 
the Lord. Then, as a result of his searching 
captures, he would pass on these spiritual 
ts to us. 

lother great soldier of the cross has passed 
this earthly scene to his heavenly reward, 
k-you. Lord, for making it possible that 
ath has crossed that of Dr. Floyd Taber 
fought a good fight, finished the course, 
ept the faith. 

An Open I^ettei* 
to Dr. Taber 

From : Rosella Cochran 

On February 25 in DaOy Devotions we were reminded to pray for you 
and Ada and for other missionaries. I prayed for the others but not for you. 
You no longer need the prayers of us mortal beings because you have put on 
your new clothes and have gone to be with our Heavenly Father. What a 
thrill it must have been, seeing Him face to face! 

Here on earth you labored so faithfully. You were the first Brethren 
missionary I remember meeting. That was about 30 years ago at Leon, 
Iowa. I had already come to know Christ as my Saviour and knew He 
wanted me to serve Him in Africa. But I was resisting, so when you spoke 
at our church I was there but not listening too well, for I wanted to pursue 
my career and make a fortune. The Lord was working, however, and He 
continued to work, and in due time I had to go in answer to that unending 
and irresistible call. I am glad I had the opportunity of working alongside 
you from time to time. I saw how tirelessly you labored on, ministering to 
the whole man-body, soul, and spirit. Many to whom you ministered are 
there with you now. I'm sure you are having one grand reunion after 

There is one who arrived there not long before you did. Philippe. I 
think of him as one of the greatest Christians I ever knew. They say he 
suffered a great deal, so I am glad God took him home. I know that widows 
live a very difficult life in Africa so I am in much prayer for his wife and 
children. I heard that a crowd of some 3,000 people attended Philippe 's 
funeral, and that 40 of them made public professions of faith in Christ that 
day. If 3,000 attended Philippe 's funeral, how many more must have been 
there in heaven to greet him. In his 25 years of service in the medical work 
he became a dear friend to countless numbers as he ministered to their 
physical and spiritual needs. My fondest memories of Africa include those 
evenings when Philippe and I would gather the hospitalized patients around 
the little fire out under the starry sky to sing and pray and share God's 

Those days are gone forever. I won Y see Philippe, nor you. again in this 
life. But a great day is coming when all of us who are saved through faith in 
Christ will gather around our Saviour's throne to offer our songs of praise 
and adoration. 

You are there, and I am here, but my heart joins the multitudes there 
who are singing, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and 
riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing . . . 
blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon 
the throne and unto the Lamb forever and ever. " 

may '79 


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(Editor's note: BMH Books is printing a new edition 
of The Family First by Dr. Kenneth O. Gangel, presi- 
dent of Miami Christian College. This new edition will 
be used as the adult study guide in the Brethren adult 
curriculum for September, October, and November 
1979. The following is an excerpt from chapter 1 of 
the book.) 

Dr. Kenneth O. Gangel 

It is possible to say with Charles Dickens in his 
description of eighteentli century France, "It is the 
best of times, it is the worst of times." In many ways 
the American family, and even the Christian family, 
has a lot going for it in the late twentieth century- 
affluence, freedom, opportunity for the Gospel, new 
interest in family life. Even the church has thrown off 
the self-flagellation of the 60s. 

But in many ways it is the worst of times. Social 
problems which once seemed to be troubling only the 
periphery of society have now crawled out of the 
alley and into the family room. Having once occupied 
a place of primary importance in society, the home 
has now been relegated by many to a position of con- 
siderably lesser significance. One writer discusses 
what he calls "social sicknesses" and points out that 
such sicknesses may very well be different symptoms 
of the same disease, namely, cultural disintegration. 
J. A. C. Brown, in The Social Psychology of Industry 
includes "family disorganization" in the same 
category as juvenile delinquency, prostitution, sex 
offenses, and crime. He goes on to say. 

The old primary grouplings have been broken 

up— the family, the working group, the village 

council— and replaced by huge, anonymous 

bodies in relation to which status, function, and 

personal significance are lost. 

There is Utile doubt that family Hfe in Western 
society has been subjected to massive transformation 
in the twentieth century. Some scholars view this as 
legitimate change to meet the evolving context of 
society. Others, Uke Brown, talk about "disintegra- 
tion" of famUy Ufe. Radical psychologist Harold 
Feldman of New York State College at Cornell even 
advocates state control over parenthood. Feldman 
takes the position that parental competency should 
be decided by social scientists. He suggests that scien- 
tists attempt to train couples who do not meet their 
standards for parenthood and not permit them to 
have children until certain tests are passed. Upon be- 
ing asked how society would regulate or prevent pro- 
creation, Feldman replied that science would soon be 
able to give medicine at birth that would prevent 
human fertility until another pill is given when the 
individual meets the standards for parenthood. Other 
Feldmanian ideas include a recognition of the un- 
necessary charter of marriage, an emphasis on easy 
divorce, and the possibility of "group marriages." 

One of the most significant sociological aspects of 
the problem is that disintegration of family hfe might 
very well be a source of other problems which disturb 
Western culture. In this democratic society the home 
has historically been considered as the central agency 
of control. Educational organizations such as the PTA 
have consistently attempted to wed other social in- 
stitutions to the home. Some historians (both secular 
and Christian) have argued that the breakdown of the 
home was a problem in the corruption of Ancient 
Rome and have written rather convincing parallels be- 
tween the history of that society and the dissolution 
of famUy units in our own. 

In this kind of context the Christian parent holds 
no less of a responsibility to raise his children "in the 
nurture and admonition of the Lord" (Eph. 1 :4). As 
a matter of fact, the close parallel between first 
century and twentieth century culture makes the im- 
pact of New Testament admonitions even more 
poignant and, just as the professional athlete plays a 
better game when he is familiar with the stadium, so 
Christian parents today need to recognize the pres- 
sures and problems which contemporary society 
holds for the satisfactory implementation of the 
biblical principles of Christian living. 

Adapted from The Family First, published by BMH 
Books. The book, priced at $2.50, may be ordered 
from the Herald Co., P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590. 

may '79 

GBC Christian Education 

P.O. Box 365 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Executive Director: Pastor Knute Larson 
Director of Youth Ministries: Ed Lewis 
Director of SMM: Judy Ashman 
Customer Service: Ginny Toroian 
Timothy Teams: Brian Roseborough 

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Friend-wife and I took our lovelies, two daughters, to 
the local symphony— Tchaikovsky, Nicolai, and Beethoven 
were on— and I think I saw a church progrann of Christian 
Education in action. 

See if you think I was right. 

1. The director was in charge, and kept everyone together. 
There were several rough spots, but mostly everyone stayed 
with his baton, and the harmony was 


When Christ really is director of our 
individual ministries, we do well working 
with others. As we stay with His Word, 
we use our gifts in harmony with other 

2. People seemed content to play their 
own instruments. At no time did the 
flutist jump up and ask why she was so 
outnumbered by the violinists. The 

trumpeter did not gripe about sitting in the back rows 
almost hidden from the audience. 

And teachers, aides, ushers, sponsors, pastors, and 
parents all can accept each others' differences and variety 
of ministries. Each is important and should be honored. 

3. The soloist was stupendous (and supported!). He took 
the spotlight for Tchaikovsky's number, and no one stood 

to object. They played to back him up! 

At times in the church one gift goes solo. The sermon. 
The singer. Honor to a teacher. The Christian is honored 
when someone else is! 

4. They played some very difficult numbers, and with ex- 

And we can work hard to be satisfied only with our best 
in the local church. It's really rather 
surprising what people, who work hard, 
. can come up with when they are com- 

mitted to do all for God's glory. "Getting 
by" is not a song to be played in the 

5. They all followed the script. Apparent 
ly Tchaikovsky, Nicolai, and Beethoven 
knew what they were doing when they 
orchestrated the various parts. No one 
stood up and went off on a tangent of 

I'm told and I've seen that when individual Christians 
obey the Word and use their gifts they sound good to- 
gether! United, and with love. It works well in the church. 
6. It was delightful! 

And so is CE ministry together in Christ for the good of 

April and May: 

CE Months for your generous offerings to keep the 
music coming. Thanl< you for helping! 

CF Staff 

^^'— tFl-CIl ■ gj Lewis spoke at Akron, Ohio (First); New Troy, Michigan; Buena Vista, 
Virginia. . . . Knute Larson did workshops on CE for pastors at Union, Ohio, Home 
IVlissions conference; spoke at Englewood's CE banquet; and the Indiana District 
Conference. . . . Debbi Neuenschwander is producing 7,000 pieces a week on our 
new offset printer. . . . Gladys Deioe, youth secretary, finds special joy in her coordi- 
nation of the TIME records, because of her heart for missions. 

may '79 ( 

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Thoughts on 
Church Leadership 

A church is a spiritual body of people. Earth people, to be 
sure. But people who are to be guided by their spiritual Head, 
whom they cannot see or touch. 

He is Jesus, and He has made a way to be heard, through His 
written Word. 

The Church 

The church is to be governed by people committed to that 
Word, who take the time and effort to seek to know what the 
Word says and to prayerfully know the mind of the Spirit in 
applying that Word to their lives (see Acts 20:32, and Heb. 13:7, 

The Bible delegates that responsibility to lead by knowing 
and sharing the mind of Christ to the pastors and elders of the 
church (see 1 Peter 5:2). 

The statements— rather, commands— on that are clear. 

The Men 

Surely these men who seek to know the mind of Christ must 
be people who do that with intensely pure motives (see 1 Peter 

Surely they must be recognized as people who will do that by 
the members they serve (see 1 Tim. 3:2-7). 

Surely they must be able to show scriptural basis for their 
decisions of pastoring and shepherding, if questioned. They must 
not fear being questioned, or learning from criticism. Otherwise, 
paranoia! (Though there will be times when they must preserve 
the confidentiality of persons and even the variety of opinions 
after a clear decision has been reached.) 

But with all that, the leadership and decision-making must be 
based on what the Bible says, and the application of that Bible to 
areas not clearly spelled out (see 2 Tim. 3:16). 

Those decisions cannot waver with the new winds of doctrine 
(see Eph. 4:14). 

Those leadership guidelines and conclusions— many of them 
very difficult to come to— must not change because someone has a 
personal distaste for it, or because some people do not understand. 
(Often people who have given it little thought and no prayer.) 

People involved in the situation ano In the Word, called be- 
cause of spiritual qualifications, who carry the burden, must be 
trusted, or there is no leadership in a church. 


-ir may '79 

New "Readables" 
Available j 

The latest GBC Christian Edu- 
cation "Readables" are available 
for your use. 

"What Is A GBC?" A short 
"readable" introduction to our 
church, its history, and our pas- 
sion for knowing the Word and 
sharing it. A good community 
handout for acquainting people 
with your church. 

"The Holy Spirit in the Chris- 
tian." An overview to what the 
control of the Spirit means for 
the Christian. Practical steps to 
follow. Good for a witness to 
Christians, or for a Bible group 
or class. 

Leader's guides are not avail- 
able yet. 

Cost: 6if each, $5.50 in lots of 
one hundred, $50 for 1,000. Can 
be purchased in combination with 
all of the GBC Christian Educa- 
tion "Readables": Baptism, Com- 
munion, Marriage, Parents, Heal- 
ing, Eternal Life, Nonresistance, 
and Church Membership. 

And they're so readablel 

"Walk Thru the Bible 
and Dr. Henry Brand 

"Walk Thru The Bible" and Dr. 

Henry Brandt 
slated for 1979 CE Convention. 
August 12-13, St. Petersburg, 


"Walk Thru the Bible" - Old 

Testament portion 

Sunday, August 12, 2 to 4 

Monday, August 13, 8 a.m. to 

12 noon. 
Dr. Henry Brandt — featured 

Monday, August 13, 7:30 p.m. 
Tuesday, August 14, Pastor's 

Wives Breakfast, 6:45 a.m. 






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A - 

Ashland, Ohio, Grace 

B - 

Simi Valley, Calif. 


C - 

Union, Ohio 


D - 

Columbus, Ohio, East S 



E - 

Modesto, Calif., Big Val 


F - 

Norton, Ohio 

G - 

Covington, Ohio 

H - 

Armagh, Pa. 

1 - 

Johnstown, Pa., Geistov 

J - 

Grass Valley, Calif. 

N - 

Yucca Valley, Calif. 

CE Interview With Beverly LaHaye, by Ginny Toroian 

Concerned Women For America 

Mrs. Beverly LaHaye, wife of Tim. Both 
of them are well known for speaking 
(Family Life Seminar Ministry) and writing. 
Beverly has authored Spirit Controlled 
Woman and How To Develop Your Child's 
Temperament, as well as coauthoring with 
her husband The Act of Marriage and Spirit 
Controlled Family Living. 

Beverly keeps a close tie on family is- 
sues because of her own four children and 
five grandchildren. There are so many pres- 
sures seeking to destroy the family unit, and 
morals and values that Christian families 
hold dear. This prompts her to work harder 
to preserve the precious things we have, so 
that her grandchildren, as well as your chil- 
dren and grandchildren, may have the same 
privileges as children in the past. 

This article is the first of two from GBC 
Christian Education dealing with the erosion 
of the American family and Christian stand- 

We asked Mrs. LaHaye to share what she 
is doing because of her concerns. 

Q. : Beverly, recently you formed a corpora- 
tion called "Concerned Women For Ameri- 
ca." What were some of the reasons for 
forming this particular organization? 

B.L.: Two years ago Tim and I were out of 
the country for 9 months sharing our 
Family Life Seminar Ministries with mis- 
sionaries in 42 countries. When we returned 
after being away for that length of time and 
getting very little news about what was hap- 
pening in the U.S., I saw a drastic change 
taking place in my own country. Not just 
politically, but morally— the feminist move- 
ment was pushing ahead. 

We came back just as the "International 
Women's Year" was held in Houston. I 
knew very little about what they were at- 
tempting to do. I watched with keen inter- 
est and saw that it was not speaking for me 
as a Christian woman. 

When I read the resolutions that came 
out of that conference, I was appalled to 
think that these women were supposed to 
be speaking for me. I asked other women 
what they thought and found many of them 
knew nothing about it. Many thought, 
"Well, that is In Texas and I'm in this part 
of the U.S., and it will all work out in the 

"What I don't know won't hurt me." 

That's right. "I'll just stick my head in 
the sand and maybe it will go away." 

There was a meeting in San Diego. Eight 
of us went from our church there. The 
speaker was a Senator's wife who had been 
to the conference in Houston. She spoke 
firsthand on what she saw and heard. We 
came away so troubled and so burdened, 
asking, "What are we going to do? Do we sit 
back and let this go on?" And so the ques- 
tion that prompted the starting of "Con- 
cerned Women For America" was "What 
can we do?" What could we do to preserve 
the feminity that God has given women? 

Before we were legally organized, we 
found ourselves holding informal confer- 
ences instructing and educating Christian 
women. We wanted to operate legally and 
effectively, so "Concerned Women For 
America" became a corporation. Ail of the 
nine members of the board of directors are 
Christians who are concerned about what's 
happening in America. 

How does this organization differ from 
others that are geared toward the same pur- 

I'm glad you asked that because I feel 
we have a unique purpose. Their organiza- 
tions fight specific things. We are not in 
operation to fight anything. We are in opera- 
tion to educate women on what God's Word 
says a woman should be, what a woman's 
rights are according to the Word of God, 
what children should be in the eyes of their 
parents and how they should respond to 
parents, what a child's responsibility is to 
parents and the government, what authority 
to be under, and that type of thing. 

In doing so we know we have to fight 
legislation. There is already legislation going 
on in our country that is in direct opposi- 
tion to what God's Word says. And so we 
are trying to approach it from the positive 
side, and keeping right in mind the biblical 
principles. 1 see our organization reaching 
more of the Christian community rather 
than just the general public. Ours is geared 
toward biblical principles. Without that we 
have no reason to be in operation! 

Originally, the issue that sparked your 
corporation concern was the ERA (Equal 
Rights Amendment). How do Christian 

women and men need to be aware of the 
breakdown in Christian principles and bibli- 
cal standards in regard to that? 

The amendment is composed of only 
52 words and it seems very harmless. But 
people are fooled by that. 

The bill in Washington means losing 
identity of the sex. God created the male, 
and then the Bible says He created the 
female— two absolutely different sexes. This 
ERA amendment will begin to mesh the 
sexes together. We would be one person- 
drop the words "man" and "woman," and 
everyone becomes a "person." We already 
see the language change. 

Well, this is contrary to the way God de- 
signed it. In doing this you begin to lose 
your identity as a woman. And God created 
us as women. I never want to lose that be- 
cause 1 have certain responsibilities that are 
mine as a godly woman that a man will 
never have. There is no way he can identify 
in my area of responsibility, nor I in his, be- 
cause God made us a definite sex. And we 
are to be kept separated. In marriage we be- 
come one flesh; yet 1 still have my own re- 
sponsibilities as a woman, as my husband 
does as a man. 

Current feelings toward the whole Idea 
of "equal rights" seem to be changing. Have 
you found this to be true? 

I really think it is. I think the women 
at the top of ERA have sensed that it's 
moving against them. Now they have come 
out publicly stating that "we've pushed too 
hard, we've gone too far." Well, we could 
have told them that a while back. But I do 
feel that the ERA will be regrouping and 
trying a new approach to get in the door. 

If the ERA isn't passed, they're going to 
chip away and chip away, and give them one 
thing and then another. 

Break it down to individual areas? 

That's right. Since the ERA hasn't been 
swept along and gone through, one of the 
big issues is women being drafted. Congress 
is forming a bill that is talking about com- 
pulsory draft, including women. 

So we still have a monumental task 
ahead, to watch for all the "little" areas of 

Watch the June Herald as Mrs. LaHaye looks 
at 'The International Year of the Child. " 

may '79 

Brethren National Youth conference on August 12-18, 1979 

On the campus of Florida Bible College, Hollywood, Florida 
On the Atlantic Ocean and the Intra Coastal Waterway 
Featuring Bill McKee and "Walk thru the Bible" Seminar 


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Mssionary birthdays 

JULY 1979 

{If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 28 and 29 
of the 1979 Brethren Annual.^ 


Mrs. William Walker July 1 

Dr. Donald Hocking July 15 

Mark William Austin July 23, 1968 

Miss Marian Thurston July 24 

Sandrine Vieuble July 25, 1975 

Lisa Suzaime Immel July 26, 1966 

Miss Margaret Hull July 27 


Elizabeth Andrea Hoyt July 4, 1978 

Maria Kaye Robinson July 9, 1966 

Mrs. Solon Hoyt July 29 


Frederick John Hodgdon July 9, 1964 

Rev. Earle Hodgdon July 18 


Miss Bonnie Green July 2 

Miss Carolyn Kodear July 7 

Elliott (Andy) Hudson July 10, 1973 

Mrs. Philip Gegner July 15 


Mrs. Floyd Taber July 8 

Rev. Robert Williams July 15 . 

The Joy 

^fthe Lot A 

wmc oKiciarg 

Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Hwy., Winona Lake, 
I nd. 46590 

1st Vice President- 
Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) Risser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

2nd Vice President- 
Mrs. Walter (Emma) Fretz, 413 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 2065 Lefevre Road, Troy, Ohio 45373 

Assistant Secretary- 
Mrs. Tom (Donna) Miller, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer- 

Mrs. Tom (Geneva) Inman, 2244 Fernwood Dr., Colorado 
Springs, Colo. 80190 

Literature Secretary- 
Mrs. Lloyd (Mary Lois) Fish, Box 264, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R. R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, 
Ind. 46580 

Prayer Chairman- 
Mrs. Harold (Ada) EtIing, 803 Esplanade, Winona Lake, Ind. 


Goal $10,000 

Due June 10, 1979 



Goal $1 .50 per member 

Due lune 30. 1979 

Jaynie Miller 


Goal $1 .50 per member 

Due June 10, 1979 

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Birthday Missionary Testimony 

Little did I think when a small 
child growing up near Sacramento, 
CaUfomia, that the Lord would call 
me so far away from home and 
familiar things. My family was a 
very close knit one and at that time 
I thought only of getting married 
and settling close to home. My 
father wanted to have enough chil- 
dren to have a ball team of his own, 
and the number at least sufficed, 
for there were thirteen of us. How- 
ever, two died in infancy. 

When I came to know the Lord 
as my Saviour in 1946, I was 
working at the telephone office in 
Modesto, Cahfomia. I thought I 
would just continue working there 
as a witness for my Lord. This was 
fine, but I soon found out that if 
you are going to talk to people you 
have to know enough about the 
Bible to answer their questions. It 
was at that time that I received the 
call to go to Bible school. My plan 
of staying near home was thwarted 
because the Lord's ways are not al- 
ways our ways. 

It was hard to leave home but I 
felt the Lord calling me, so I made 
the long trip from Modesto to 
Tacoma, Washington. For a girl 
never away from home and never 
out of the state of California, it 
seemed Hke the end of the world. 
But I had the conviction that the 
Lord was calling me and I've found 
out then and since, too, that with 
the calUng comes the enabling. 
After a blessed year of Bible study 
at the Puget Sound School of 
Evangelism, I felt ready for any- 
thing. I had a great deal of joy that 
summer working with Marybeth 
Munn on the Olympic Peninsula 
and having daily vacation Bible 
schools for the children there. 

As fall came I did not want to go 
back to Modesto to work. I went to 

Mary Cripe 

Buffalo, New York, and lived with 
the Bury family. Helen Bury is 
Marybeth's sister and Peter Bury 
was the man who led me to the 
Lord in Modesto where he was our 
pastor for a short time. 

One thing led to another. It was 
at a missionary service at Camp 
Ebenezer that I committed my life 
to the Lord for full-time service— in- 
cluding missionary service if He so 
desired. The next question was 
where to go for more training. The 
one year that had at first seemed so 
sufficient, now didn't seem quite 
that way. Helen told us about 
Grace Seminary, saying that this 
was our Brethren school, and that 
we should go there instead of an- 
other school. A letter brought back 
the reply that I was accepted. I 
know I wasn't quaMfied scholasti- 
cally, but once again I knew that 
the Lord was able to do anything if 

I followed Him. I picked tomatoes 
to pay my tuition, and got through; 
not always having everything I 
wanted, but finding out if we seek 
His kingdom first He will add every- 
thing else we need. At seminary the 
Lord showed me definitely that 
Africa was the place He wanted me 
to serve Him. I went to France in 
the fall of 1949 and struggled with 
the French language. I arrived in 
Africa and struggled with another 
language— Sango this time. It 
seemed hke I would never learn 
enough to be of use to the Lord, 
but I kept leaning on Him, knowing 
that He who had called me was God 
and it was up to Him to enable me 
to do the work to which He had 
given the call. This year will be 28 
years of serving Him here. I praise 
and thank Him that He saw fit to 
use me. 

I write this because there may be 
some woman or girl who thinks 
"What could I do? I'm not very 
learned and I'm timid and shy." 
Just look to the Lord and He will 
do things through you that you 
never dreamed were possible. Did I 
ever become discouraged? Oh yes, 
many times. Did I ever think I 
should quit and go home? More 
times than I hke to remember. The 
reason I couldn't follow my own 
desires was because I knew that He 
had called me, and that He would 
see me through. All He requires of 
me is to remain faithful. Even 
though my faithfuhiess has not al- 
ways been strong, His faithfulness is 
never ceasing. Praise His name! 
Don't be afraid to go anywhere if 
the Lord goes along. To be in the 
center of His will is the best thing 
there is, and I have found that He 
truly does add all other things, in- 
cluding satisfaction, true friends, 
happiness, and joy in serving Him. 

'may '79 


Laura Kriegbaum 

As we rolled down the highway in our 
comfortable Cordoba, one large tear began to 
roll down each of my cheeks. My thoughts were 
so full of joy, I let the tears roll. They felt 

My husband and I were leisurely driving 
home from a superb vacation in southern Cali- 
fornia. Relatives and other friends had enter- 
tained us vidth picnics on Laguna Beach, shop- 
ping tours at Newport's fabulous plaza, sailing 
in Long Beach harbor, and sumptuous feasts— in 
homes and in California's exquisite restaurants. 
But the tears of joy had not been prompted by 
these thrilling experiences. 

Just prior to heading home, we had stayed 
with my brother Robert, two years older than 
I. For more than 45 years our paths had crossed 
only a few times. He and I are the two oldest of 
10 children. He leads a full life as public speak- 
er, is an effective witness of God's grace to 
God's chosen race, besides being a devoted hus- 
band and father, and an astute student of God's 
Word. Our week with him and his wife, Althea, 
flowed with happy times. I loved to waken each 
morning anticipating the cheery greetings and 
generous hospitahty of this beautiful Christian 
couple. Robert excels in culinary arts and 
served us the tastiest of melons, berries, lamb 
chops, and Babcock peaches from his garden. 

But all these loving amenities had not pro- 
duced the ecstatic tears. The day of departure 
was the morning of my sixty-first birthday. Our 
plan was to sneak out quietly. The night before, 
Robert took us to a famous smorgasbord to 
celebrate the approaching day. Althea had 
baked cupcakes and fixed iced tea for our 
thermos. My husband had instructed me about 
not slamming car doors. 

I dressed quickly in the cool Califomia dawn 
and was tiptoeing down the hall at 4:30 a.m. 
when my brother met me. He whispered, 
"Happy birthday, Laura," kissed me tenderly 
on the cheek and patted my arm. Then he 
turned and walked back to his master bedroom. 

Only the giver of every good and perfect 
gift, our Heavenly Father, could have prompted 
such a blessed gesture of love, which in turn 
had released my joy tears— kisses from heaven. 

— If you are concerned that packages have 
not been received by your BSLV student, send 
a self-addressed stamped envelope in the pack- 
age for a reply. 

— For all mail to National WMC, a post 
office box in Winona Lake is avaUable. WMC 
mail box number is Box 711, Winona Lake, 
Indiana 46590. 

— A four-color poster will be available for 
the 1979-80 WMC year to correspond with the 
new year's devotional theme. Watch these 
Herald pages for instructions on how to receive 
your own personal copy or one to use for your 
group's visual aid for next year's meetings. 

— Business meetings are conducted by the 
Sacramento group after the Sunday evening 
service two weeks prior to the meeting. 
Anyone who wishes can attend. A letter is then 
sent to all ladies informing them as to the 
activities of that month. Sacramento. California 

— Keep in mind the end of the current year 
in WMC and the responsibiUties of your local 
group to report your year's activities to the 
district and national organizations. 

— In case you've forgotten, please send a 
generous gift to the Christian Education 
offering— a National WMC project to aid in the 
sponsorship of National Director of SMM, Miss 
Judy Ashman. Confidentially, this offering goal 
has been the only one that has not been met in 
recent years. Send offering to National WMC 
financial secretary-treasurer, Miss Joyce 

— Notify the national first vice president, 
Mrs. Ella Lee Risser, when you complete a 
project offering that you have previously 
secured through her office. This will make her 
report complete and exact at the end of the 
current year. Don't fail to communicate. 

may '79^ 

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Our current National WMC proj- 
ect giving for the Brethren Foreign 
Missionary Society is being chan- 
neled into a fund for building a new 
mission residence to be used for 
missionaries on furlough, retired 
missionaries, and also for mission- 
ary candidates during the annual 

Building costs are staggering and 
have halted, for the time being, any 
plan for immediate construction. 
The plans that had been approved 
by the architect, the board of the 
Foreign Missionary Society, and 
our WMC missionary residence 
committee were seemingly prohibi- 
tive in the final cost analysis. A dis- 
appointment, certainly. Not only is 
the stalemate disappointing to the 
emotional need of the society, but 
also a very present problem when 
trying to locate facilities for mis- 

sionaries traveling through and stay- 
ing in Winona Lake. 

Grace Schools has been 
thoroughly cooperative in renting 
several apartments to the FMS in 
the building that was formerly 
known as the Philathea residence. 
Also, the FMS still owns the 
Bethany residence, but the need 
stUl exists for more housing and a 
type of housing that is suitable to 
the needs of the society. 

Although building is not pro- 
ceeding at the present time, the 
plan for a new residence has not 
been completely given up. The need 
is still very much in view and many 
alternatives to the previously ap- 
proved plans are now being sought 
and explored. FMS leaders are seek- 
ing the will of the Lord in the 
matter and are actively looking for 
other methods of housing including 
prefab construction, smaller but 

still adequate facilities, and so 

Our WMC project was to be an 
extended one and would certainly 
not cover the entire cost of building 
this new residence at present con- 
struction costs. It is our responsi- 
bility to continue to give over and 
above, even sacrificiaUy, to this 
need. Our support at this time is 
gratefully appreciated. Our God is 
able to supply the need of hundreds 
of thousands of dollars, but He can 
supply a far greater blessing if we 
cheerfully send our permies, dimes, 
and dollars for this cause. 

Let's call on the Lord for His 
timing and way of building this 
structure . . . "Except the Lord 
build the house, they labour in vain 
that build it: except the Lord keep 
the city, the watchman waketh but 
in vain" (Ps. 127:1). 

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Official Statement 

International Year of the Child 

The calendar year of 1979 has been designated as the International 
Year of the Child. We as the National Women's Missionary Council of the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches go on record as opposing this cele- 
bration of child's rights. Many predominant national organizations in our 
country who supposedly have children as their mainstream are vocally in 
support of the celebration, but this celebration and its effects will only tear 
down family predominance in rearing children, and propose more govern- 
mental control on our children's early formative years. God has told us as 
parents to be responsible for the nurture and teaching of our children and 
the International Year of the Child is opposed to that idea and is not Chris- 
tian in formation, structure, or teachings. The biblical aspect of parental 
authority is greater than any individual rights given by any man, government, 
or program. In addition, the freedom and rights given to any child upon 
acknowledging Christ as Saviour are more abundant than man can supply. 
We deplore the acts of abuse that are the verbal cause of such a program, but 
would indicate to our members in local WMCs across the country that the 
saving grace of God would be far more beneficial to the family in totality 
than the International Year of the Child. 

The National Executive Committee of WMC 





Pictured you will see the winner of 
the contest sponsored by National 
WMC to find a new visual represen- 
tation or logo for our national organ- 
ization. This entry was sent by the 
Southern Ohio WMC. The entrant re- 
sponsible for the artwork and new 
concept was Mrs. Horace (Zella) 
Mohler of Dayton, Ohio. Zella is a 
member of the Rebekah Circle of the 
First Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio. 
Thanks, Zella, for our new image. You 
will find this logo on all new WMC 

may '79 < 

and Going on 
With Christ 

Editor's note: 

This article has been taken from a tract prepared by 
Pastor Dick Sellers to help both new and older Chris- 
tians learn to walk and to find their way into greater 
service with Christ. 

Dear Friends, 

This article has a twofold purpose. 

(1) It is to serve as a guide to new Chris- 
tians; those who have just accepted 
Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour 
and are now saved. 

(2) It is to serve as a guide to older Chris- 
tians who desire to grow and mature 
in their Christian walk. No Christian 
can ever become a victorious Christian 
if he continues to neglect these basic 
principles which are taught in the 

(Be sure to look up all the given Scripture 
references and read them) 

As soon as possible get to a church and make 
your public confession. When the minister gives 
the invitation, go to the front of the church. This 
is pubUcly confessing Christ before men. This 
will be a blessing to you and to all the people 
present (see Matt. 10:32-33 and Rom. 10:9). 

As soon as it can be arranged with the minister, 
follow the Lord's command in water baptism. 
The word 'baptize' means to dip or immerse 

under the water. You are already saved because 
you accepted Jesus as your Saviour. Baptism 
does not help save you but baptism is a symbol. 
It is an expression of what happened when you 
received Christ. Baptism pictures the fact that 
Jesus washed your sins away. TTiis is one of the 
first steps of obedience which the Lord asks of 
you (see Matt. 28:19 and Mark 16:16). 

3. Become a member of a good Bible-teaching 
church. Joining a church and becoming a mem- 
ber does not make anyone a Christian; however, 
every Christian ought to join and become a mem- 
ber of a good Bible-teaching church. You vidll 
probably want to become a member of the 
church whose minister baptized you. There are, 
however, exceptions (see Acts 2:41 and Acts 

4. Find time every day to get alone with God in 
prayer. As you pray and talk to God thank Him 
for saving you and ask His help to overcome sin 
and temptation. Prayer brings to us the power 
and strength to resist evil. Also pray for your 
friends who are yet unsaved. Pray for any prob- 
lem in your life. Nothing is too small or beyond 
God's interest (see Matt. 6:6 and Matt. 7:7). 

5. Read your Bible every day. Find a suitable time 
and do not allow anything to steal this time. It is 
through the Bible (the Word) that God speaks to 
us. This is how we learn to live, to witness and to 
be a good testimony for Christ. The Bible is our 
spiritual food. We should no more think of miss- 
ing this time than missing our daily meals (see 
1 Tim. 2:15 and Ps. 119:16). 

6. Attend the church services faithfully. Be present 
for Sunday school and then stay for the morning 
worship service. Return again for a time of fel- 
lowship with God's people on Sunday evening. If 
at all possible also be faithful in the midweek 
prayer meeting. We should love to attend God's 
House and to be with His people (see Heb. 10:25 
andPs. 122:1). 

7. Tell others about Christ. Help your friends and 
loved ones to fmd Christ as you have found Him. 
We call this testifying or witnessing for Christ. 
The reason you are now saved is because some- 
one cared about your lost soul and told you how 
to be saved. Now God wants you to do the same 
for others. Tie early Christians seemed to be 
more faithful in this matter than most Christians 
today (see Acts 1 :8 and Acts 5:42). 

8. Tithe your income and help support God's work. 
The work of Christ is the most important busi- 
ness in all the world and therefore deserves our 
financial support. God will bless and prosper 

may '79 

those who are wilHng to tithe. When we withhold 
the tithe from God we are guilty of robbing Him 
(see Mai. 3 :8-10 and 2 Cor. 9:6-7). 

9. Live a separated life. If there are bad habits, 
wrong actions and wrong attitudes which keep 
people from seeing Christ within you, then put 
them aside. People should be able to see the 
beauty of Christ within you now that He has en- 
tered in. Ask God to help rid your life from any- 
thing which keeps people from being attracted to 
Him (see 2 Cor. 6:17-18 and Heb. 12:1). 

10. Make it a practice to participate in the Com- 
munion Service with God's people. This will 
bring added blessing to your life and will help 
strengthen you as you live for Christ and serve 
Him (see 1 Cor. 11:23-26 and Matt. 16:26-29). 

11. The devil wOl bring temptation and try to get 
you to fall into sin. Every Christian faces this 
struggle. There are two helps that God has given 
us in this matter. 

a) First of all, God will not allow us to be 
tempted above what we are able to bear. He 
will give extra power and strength to resist 
(see 1 Cor. 10:13). 

b) When we do stumble, fall and fail— He for- 
gives. He does not want us to get discouraged 
and throw up our hands in despair (see 1 John 

12. Give of your service through the church. Be will- 
ing to serve the Lord through the church. We can 
best serve our Lord by working through the local 
church with other Christians. 

a) Every Christian should be willing to do some 
work or manual labor in order to keep the 
church building and premises looking attrac- 
tive. This may include mowing the yard, 
painting, planting flowers, repairing the build- 
ing and many other such projects (see Ps. 
84:10 and Neh. 4:6). 

b) You may also be called upon to serve the 
church through your spiritual labors. This 
may include teaching a Sunday school class, 
helping in the nursery, ushering, singing in the 
choir, serving as an official board member or 
rendering some other spiritual service. The 
Lord gives His children varied and different 
gifts. As we discover our gifts we should be 
willing to dedicate them and use them for the 
Lord (see 1 Cor. 12:4 and Rom. 12:6). 

Note: All labor for the Lord is spiritual. The head- 
ings manual labor and spiritual labor are used 
only as different classifications of service. This 
is not to imply that manual service is not a 
spiritual service. 

Certified Chaplain 

Dr. Emlyn H. Jones, member of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Greater Washington, 
Temple Hills, Maryland, was recently certified 
as a professional chaplain by The College of 

Chaplain Jones was recognized and his certif- 
icate presented before more than 900 persons 
who attended the annual banquet of the Protes- 
tant Health and Welfare Assembly in Anaheim, 
California. Dr. Jones is the chaplain at the New 
York Area Command, Brooklyn, New York. 

Certification by The College of Chaplains is 
granted only to those clergypersons who meet 
very high personal and professional standards. 
The qualifications include college and theo- 
logical seminary degrees, one year of experience 
as a chaplain and a minimum of one year of 
special clinical pastoral education under super- 
vision. In addition to those requirements, the 
applicant submits a series of written essays 
which reflect his understanding of the role and 
function of a chaplain, his philosophical and 
theological concepts of ministry in an institu- 
tion and his integration of the theories of the 
behavioral sciences and theological positions. 
The final step in the certification process is the 
review of the appHcant face to face by a multi- 
disciplinary committee of persons involved in 
pastoral care and related health care services. 

Upon approval as a certified chaplain Dr. 
Emlyn H. Jones was admitted as a Fellow of 
The College of Chaplains. The 1,500 member 
organization of professional chaplains ad- 
mitted 50 new Fellows during the Anaheim 

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UTo Guarantees 

He is 28 years old. Last year his 
doctor told him that he may have less 
than two years to live. 

In May he will graduate from Grace 
Theological Seminary. After gradua- 
tion he will accept a pastoral intern- 
ship assignment before actively can- 
didating for a full-time pastorate. That 
is only part of the remarkable story of 
Theodore Stanley Legg. 

Ted began his undergraduate work 
at Rutgers University in New 
Brunswick, New Jersey. After a year 
at Rutgers, Ted transferred to a Bible 
college in the East. Having an in- 
terest in the original languages of the 
Bible he felt compelled to further his 
education at a seminary following col- 
lege graduation. For a year and a half 
he attended Reformed Episcopal 
Seminary before being forced to 
drop out after his first bout with 
Hodgkin's disease. 

It wasn't until three years later that 
Ted determined to return to school, 
this time to Grace Theological 
Seminary in Winona Lake. Sensing a 
need to freshen up on some "rusty" 
Greek, Ted enrolled in Professor 
John Sproule's Intermediate Greek 
class in the summer of 1977. 

"I think I profited as much from Pro- 
fessor Sproule's sermonettes as I did 
the class," Ted relates. "One day the 

Spirit of God gripped my heart. We 
were discussing the perfect passive 
participle inl John 5:18. The issue of 
practicing sin came up and Professor 
Sproule encouraged the class to 
carefully examine their lives in the 
light of the message of that verse. I 
realized that day that after three 
years at Bible college and a year and 
a half at seminary that I never had 
been born again." As a direct result 
of that class, Ted invited Christ into 
his life. The date was July 23, 1 977. 
"I had been active in church ever 
since I was a child and I guess all 
along I assumed that my sincerity 
was sufficient to gain me entrance in- 
to heaven." It took a perfect passive 
participle to convince Ted of his 

The fight with Hodgkin's disease 
has continued. During the last five 
years Ted has undergone surgery 
three times. Parts of both lungs have 
been removed, two ribs have been 
extracted and infected nodes have 
been removed. Ted has undergone 
all the radiation advisable and has 
been told by doctors that everything 
medically has been done. The prog- 
nosis is not bright. At least from a 
human perspective. 

And yet he goes on. "I have ex- 
perienced a variety of emotions. At 
first I was surprised. Then I began to 

deny that it was all happening to me. 
After all, I thought, here I am only in 
my twenties. Then I became angry. 
Why? Why would God allow me to 
suffer this way? Eventually it has all 
led to acceptance and a renewed ap- 
preciation of life that I had never 
known before." 

Ted and his wife, Diane, have been 
married seven years. Five of those 
years he has been sick. "During this 
period she has demonstrated what it 
really means to be a helpmate." 

Eternity has taken on a special 
dimension to Ted. With ease he 
shares his anticipation of being with 
Christ. Life is very meaningful to him. 
"I make plans for the future," he 
related, "but just live one day at a 
time." Personal relationships are 
treasured and attributes as love, joy, 
and peace are spoken of with such a 
rich depth of understanding that a 
conversation with Ted becomes a 
very rewarding and enlightening ex- 

Who of us has a guarantee for the 
future? In the providence of God Ted 
Legg has been made vitally aware of 
the transitory nature of this life. Each 
day has taken on added meaning for 
him; each hour is lived to its max- 
imum. In that respect he just might be 
richer than all of us. 

Ted Legg shares his 
unique story with Herald 
readers. Ted will graduate 
from Grace Seminary in 
May 1979. 

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Six graduating seniors in the 
Grace College art department 
organized an exhibit of their own 
work during March. Works by the 
following students were in the dis- 
play at the college art gallery lo- 
cated in North Hall on the Winona 
Lake campus. 

Susan Cripe— Mwj Cripe spent 
most of her childhood in Cassopolis, 
Michigan, and Bradley, West Vir- 
ginia. She lived four years in New 
Zealand where her parents are mis- 
sionaries. She transferred to Grace 
from Appalachian Bible College in 
1976. Her special interests are oil 
painting, water painting and draw- 
ing. She plans to teach following 

Dennis L. Foreman—^ native of 
Lititz, Pennsylvania, Foreman will 
graduate with a B.A. in Art and a 
minor in English. He plans for a 
career in evangelical literature and 
lists his interests as church work, 
writing and music. 

Timothy E. Hagquist— Reared in 
Milaca, Minnesota, Hagquist spent 
10 years in the U.S. Navv. He will 
graduate this December from Grace 
with an Area Art Major and plans 
to teach. He and his wife, Mary Jo, 
have a two and one-half-year-old 
son, Joshua, and reside in Milford, 

Kevin Nichols— //a;7;n^ from 
Hebron, Indiana, Nichols received 
his B.S. degree in December 1978, 
in Art Education, Biblical Studies 
and Psychology. Presently, he is 
working towards a M.A. in Chris- 
tian School Administration at 
Grace Theological Seminary and 
hopes to combine his talents in a 
teaching ministry. 

Jackie S. Tarkington— From In- 
dianapolis, Indiana, Miss Tarking- 
ton plans to teach art on the 
secondary level. Drawing and paint- 
ing are her main interests and she 
hopes to continue her study of art, 
developing a wider range of skills, 
particularly in the areas of photog- 
raphy and ceramics. 

Jim Zielasko— Moving to Winona 
Lake, Indiana, at age 11, Zielasko 
spent his early years in Brazil where 
his parents were missionaries. A 
1974 graduate of Warsaw Commun- 
ity High School, Warsaw, Indiana, 
he especially enjoys working with 
wood carving, ceramics and acrylic 
painting. He looks forward to 
teaching at the secondary or 
elementary levels. He and his wife, 
Terri, live in Winona Lake. 

Grace College 

Dennis Foreman and Mrs. Jean 

L. Coverstone, chairman of the 

art department. 

left: Part of a 
work in wood 
by Jim Zielasko 

right : a drawing 
by Susan Cripe 

Jackie Tarkington and Susan Cripe enjoy their exhibit 

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By the Aetion of the 

Pictured are: front row, left to right, 
Rev. Clyde Landrum, Rev. David W. 
Miller, Mr. Theodore Franchino; Mr. 
Paul Ingold, Mr. Richaid Holmes, Dr. 
John Davis (executive vice president, 
Grace Schools), Dr. Homer Kent, Jr. 
(president, Grace Schools), Dr. Ken- 
neth Ashman (chairman of the 
board). Rev. Richaid Grant, Dr. R. 
Douglas Cassel, Dr. Ray Seilhamer 
(observer). Rev. Donald Carter, Rev. 
Jerry Young, and Rev. Lowell 
Hoyt. Back row, left to right. Rev. 
Lester Kennedy, Mr. Ronald Kinley, Rev. Paul Dick, Dr. John Morgan, Rev. F. Thomas Inman, Rev. Ronald Guiles, Mr. Ralph 
Grady, Rev. Larry Wedertz, Rev. R. Paul Miller, Mr. Charles Doyen, and Mr. Lowell Miller. 

Grace Schools will be operating on a balanced $3.8 million budget for the 1979-80 fiscal year. Approval of the 
record budget was given by the Board of Trustees during its spring meeting. This year's budget is $3.5 million. 

Tuition rates have been increased in both the college and seminary for the 1979-80 school year. In the college the 
tuition is set at $76 per semester hour as compared to $70 this year. Room cost will increase to $655 per year, up 
$35 over this year. Board cost will be $900 per year, up $50 over this year. 

In the seminary, tuition for M.Div. students will be $60 per hour. In the postgraduate studies, tuition for doctoral 
students has been increased from $65 to $70 per hour and Th.M. students will remain the same at $65 per hour. 

The trustees also approved promotions in rank effective in August 1979 for Coach Ivan Schuler and Robert 
Ibach, Jr., to associate professor and for Dr. Vilas Deane and Dr. Vance Yoder to full professor. In the seminary 
Richard L. Mayhue and George J. Zemek were promoted to the rank of assistant professor. 

New faculty contracts were approved, one in the seminary and two in the college. Dr. Wayne Knife, of Oarks 
Summit, Pennsylvania, will join the faculty of Grace Seminary as Associate Professor of Old Testament for the 
1979-80 school year. He is presently serving as Division Director of Bibhcal Studies Division, Baptist Bible College in 
Pennsylvania. He was awarded a Diploma from Moody Bible Institute and a Certificate from Dallas Theological 
Seminary. He received the B.A. from Calvary Bible College, the Th.M. from Dallas Seminary and the Th.D. from 
Grace Seminary. 

Dr. Knife has served as a pastor and teacher. He has been a teacher at Calvary Bible, the American Institute of 
Holy Land Studies, and PhOadelphia College of Bible. WhOe completing the Th.D. at Grace he was part-time instruc- 
tor at Grace CoOege. 

Faculty contracts for Grace College were approved for Mrs. Margaret Boozel, nursing, and W. Merwin Forbes, 
Bibhcal studies. Mrs. Boozel's professional experience includes medical-surgical and conorary care nursing, St. 
Joseph's Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana. She has taught Fundamentals of Nursing at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, 
and was a teacher and Director of In-Service Education at Meadville City Hospital in Pennsylvania. She received a 
Diploma, Practical Bible Training School, Binghamton, New York; a Diploma at the Hamot School of Nursing; the 
B.S. degree at Barrington College; and the M.S. at St. Francis College. She will be an Assistant Professor in nursing. 

Forbes wOl serve as a fuU-time Instructor in Biblical studies. He earned the A. A. A. degree in mechanical design 
from Broome County (New York) Community College, the Th.B. from Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania, and 
Th.M. from Grace Seminary. He has been a part-time Instructor in BibUcal studies at Grace College since 1977 and 
has the Th.D. in progress at the Seminary. 

One new trustee was named by the board. Mr. Chris Lapp, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was appointed to fill the 
unexpired term of Dr. Raymond Gingrich, who resigned in January. The term expires in 1980. 

The Executive Committee for 1979-80 includes: Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., president of the corporation; Dr. John 
J. Davis, executive vice-president; Dr. Kenneth B. Ashman, Wooster, Ohio, chairman of the board; Rev. Jerry Young, 
Manheim, Pennsylvania, vice chairman; Richard Holmes, Smithville, Ohio, secretary of the board; and members at 
large, Mr. A. E. GrUl, Dayton, Ohio; Rev. Paul E. Dick, Winchester, Virginia; and Rev. F. Thomas Inman, Colorado 
Springs, Colorado. Messrs. Young and Grill are new members of the committee. 

Only one trustee of the 27-member board was unable to be present for the meeting which lasted Monday eve- 
ning through Wednesday afternoon. The sessions opened with a special orientation for three new members including 
Rev. David Miller, LaPalma, CaUfomia; Rev. Ronald Guiles, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and Rev. Lester Kennedy of 
Buena Vista, Virginia. 

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J^amr Dean Appointed 


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Daniel M. Snively has been ap- 
pointed Dean of Students at Grace 
CoOege for the 1979-80 school 
year. Dr. Homer Kent, Jr., presi- 
dent, said the appointment was 
made by the Board of Trustees 
during the annual spring meeting 
held on campus this past week. 

Snively is currently serving as 
Associate Dean of Students, Direc- 
tor of Campus Housing and Instruc- 
tor in Sociology. He wUl succeed 
Arnold Kreigbaum, who is retiring 
at the end of August 1979, after 
serving as Dean of Students for the 
past 18 years. 

A 1972 graduate of Grace Col- 
lege, Snively earned the B.A. degree 
with a double major in history and 
social studies. Honors included the 
Greatest Contribution to Campus 
Life award (1971), and being 
named to Who's Who in American 
Colleges and Universities (1972). 

He was active in student govern- 
ment serving as president of the 
Student Senate during his senior 
year. He was an outstanding goalie 
for the Grace soccer team. He was 
selected to the All Mid-Central Con- 
ference team and was named a 
member of the Indiana All-Star 

In July 1975, he received the 
M.A. in student personnel adminis- 
tration in higher education at Ball 
State University. He was a graduate 
Assistant for Director of Campus 
Residence FacUities at B.S.U., and 
wrote and edited a Handbook for 
Student Families. He also served an 
internship with the offices of Dean 
of Students, Systems Analysis and 
Student Programs. 

He was a foreman for Hand 
Polishing, Inc., Warsaw, Indiana, in 
1972, and was director of River- 
wood Ranch in 1973. Snively re- 
turned in the fall of 1975 to assume 
his present position with the col- 

He is a member of the Winona 
Lake Grace Brethren Church. He 
with his wife, Joan, and their three 
children— Jason (four and one-half 
years), Miranda (two and one-half 
years), and Adam (nine months)— 
reside on Route 8, Warsaw, Indiana. 





Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 


James Gault, Sr. 

Mrs. Esther M. Adams 
Harold Ogelvie 
Earl D. Hildebrand 
Lester Bly 
Mrs. Audrey Ward 

Everett Smith 
Clair S. Beach 


Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Gonawein 
50th Wedding Anniversary 


Joyce Featherstone 
Catherine Oberacker 
Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Brand 
Laura A. Hall 
Donald H. Hildebrand 
Donald H. Hildebrand 
Mr. and Mrs. Guy W. Bailey 
Philatheon Class, Basore Road 

Grace Brethren Church, 

Dayton, Ohio 
Brookville Grace Brethren Church, 

BrookviUe, Ohio 
The families of Mary Washington, 

Joe Beach, James Beach, 

Raymond Beach 


Rev. and Mrs. Richard G. Messner 

may '79 

as we go to press • • • 

Rev. Roy Polman has resigned from the pastorate of the Grace Brethren Church, Trout- 
dale, Oreg., effective July 1, 1979. He is awaiting the leading of the Lord in re- 
gard to his future ministry. 

Northcentral Ohio District Conference will be held on Saturday, May 26, at Hidden 
Hollow Camp, just south of Mansfield, Ohio. Conference will be from 9:00 a.m. to 
4:30 p.m. 

Vic Rogers has resigned from Albuquerque, N. Mex. , and has moved to Chico, Calif, 
to pastor the church there. 

Frankfort, Ky. (EP) — A Kentucky Circuit Court Judge has ruled that a 1978 state law 
providing for the display of the Ten Commandments in public school classrooms vio- 
lates neither the state nor federal constitutional provisions for the separation 
of church and state. Franklin County Circuit Judge Squire Williams, Jr., held that 
the Ten Commandments' law does not favor one religion over others and may be imple- 
mented by the Kentucky Department of education. The law under attack provides that 
copies of the Commandments may be placed in all public school classrooms but directs 
that the program must be funded entirely by private donations. 

Planning to attend national conference August 12-18, 1979? It's not too late to ob- 
tain room reservations at the hotel where the conference will be held. Write to 
the Bayfront Concourse (formerly the Hilton-on-the-Bay) , 333 First St. S., St. 
Petersburg, Fla. 33701, or phone 813-896-1111. Special rates are being offered for 
our conference. Dr. Jerry Falwell of the Old Time Gospel Hour will be the closing 
speaker on Friday evening and Saturday morning. 

New Troy, Mich. , is offering their parsonage, currently not in use, to any Brethren 
minister or retired missionary rent free. Only utilities need to be paid. If a part- 
time ministry is desired in the church, this may be arranged, too. Contact Pastor 
Roger Krynock if desired: Rt. 1, Box 542, Sawyer, Mich. 49125, 616/469-3291. 

Dr. Jerry Falwell will be the dedication speaker for the new sanctuary at Myers- 
town, Pa., on Friday, September 7. Some are predicting the greatest traffic jam 
in Myerstown history for that day. 

William H. Schaffer, Jr., and Dr. Frank Jacobs from Miami, Fla., gave eight sacred 
music concerts in seven days in Anchorage and Kenai, Alaska, in January. Jacobs 
is a concert-tenor soloist, and Schaffer is Director of Music Ministries and Ad- 
ministrative Assistant to Pastor Steve Brown, of Key Biscayne Presbyterian Church 
of Fla. These men have produced several sacred music albums. 

Riverside Christian Academy will begin operation in September 1979 at Riverside 
Grace Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. The Academy offers grades kindergarten through 
sixth in the church facilities. Applications for teachers and a principal may be 
obtained from the church. 

Rochester, Minn. (EP) — Reports from the Mayo Clinic by spokesmen for Fleming H. 
Revell Company, publishers for noted evangelical spokesman Dr. Francis Schaeffer, 
state that Dr. Schaeffer is "close to victory in his six month battle with lymph- 
oma, malignancy of the lymph glands." 
5 may '79 


If you have been a member of a local Brethren church for some years, you know that pastor^ 
come and pastors qo. There are many good memories of the one who led you to the Lord or^ 
one who dedicated your first child. There was the one who was there when a dear loved one wen, 
to be with the Lord. 

They have all had a good influence on yuu ,n so many posUive ways. Some of those pastors are 
still active, but others are retired and some are now with the Lord. Brethren pastors face many 
of the same problems and questions that you do. 

What about those days when retirement comes? Certainly, the goodness of God wUi be Uvmo. 
But w.ll the material funds be available? The Brethren Board of Ministenai Emergency and 
Retirement Benefits is working on plans which will be made known to you soon. When the plan. 
jme, will you be willing to give as those faithful pastors have aiven? 

\m\ BO/4RD Of fYiinisTCRiiM encRGCficv Am mmm^' 

Clair Bricket Secy.-Treos. Brookville, Ohb 45309 


June and July 

arc Herald Offering Honths 

You have no doubt seen articles telling of the growth of the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Co. Income has been going up 
rapidly as sales of BMH Books have increased. Now there 
are over 100 book titles from BMH. The print shop— the 
new division just a few years ago— produces sales that 
approach $400,000 a year. The College Bookstore has plans 
for expansion and there will be the addition of whole new 
departments. The monthly Herald magazine ties us all to- 
gether with information about Home Missions, Foreign 
Missions, Grace Schools, Christian Education, WMC, Men's 
and Boys works. You tell us how much you like the beauti- 
ful covers and interesting stories and it just makes us work a 
bit harder to please you. 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 

Box 544 Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 Telephone: 219-267-7158 

We seek to provide Sunday school materials from all of the 
major pubUshers to meet your needs. Then there are the 
very popular Brethren adult study guides which so many of 
you use. 

So remember us in your offering. It all helps so very much. 
We appreciate the gifts and we know you will feel good 
about sharing a portion of the Lord's money to help ex- 
pand the ministry of the printed page. Grow with us! 



JUNE 1979 

Grace Tneolo^ical S 

ogicai oeminary 


rammg jor iviinjstry 




Charles W. Turner 


This past month, June and 
I, and Betty and Russ Ogden, 
went for a brief vacation to 
the homeland— England. It was 
a vacation trip mingled with 
an anniversary trip. I have 
been reading about the prob- 
lems of the British and their 
high cost of living and, be- 
cause they speak a language 
that faintly resembles ours, it 
seemed like a good idea to go 
there. And, it turned out to be 
just that— a very good idea. It 
was my fourth trip to Eng- 
land, the first one comijig 
about 15 years ago. Times do 
change and indeed this proved 
to be true. 

Costs have soared since the 

last trip. You may answer, so 
what! Prices have gone up 
everywhere and I must admit 
to the truth of that statement. 
But, England is having some 
price problems. In the area of 
London, near the heart of the 
city, there are few acceptable 
hotel rooms that are under a 
$ 1 00 per night. The gas prices 
are $1.90 per gallon and up. 
Even with the imperial gallon 
that is a lot more than we are 
seeing here in the states. 

The streets are filled with 
people, all well-dressed. There 
are Americans, Arabs, Japa- 
nese, and all nationalities in 
evidence everywhere you look. 
I was impressed with the hun- 
dreds of young American stu- 
dents taking their class trips 
to England. Times have 
changed, haven't they? We 
flew home with a group of 
young people of high school 
age that had been in England 
for 10 days on a class trip. Re- 
member when going to Wash- 
ington, D.C., for the class trip 
was a big deal? 

But I sense the same thing 
in England as I sense in the 
United States and other coun- 
tries that I have visited. It is a 
growing sense of anxiety. 
There seems to be a feeling 
that things are not all well, 
and it is difficult to know 
what is going to happen next. 
Money is flowing like water 
and the old lines of values are 
fading. The guidelines are not 
as clear as they once were. The 
question is, "Where are we 
going?" There seems to be no 
clear answer to that as far as 
the world is concerned. 

I went into a restaurant re- 
cently and sat down and 
waited. Nothing happened and 

a thought went across my 
mind, "Is there anyone in 
charge here?" That is the very 
same question that keeps run- 
ning through my mind as a 
glimpse of the world is con- 
cerned. It seems that no one is 
in charge, and everyone is 
doing their own thing and not 
doing it very well. 

Politically around the world 
there is a great dearth of lead- 
ership, and it is a difficult time 
to govern and give direction. 
The nations of the world just 
do not have strong persons at 
the helm. In fact, I could chal- 
lenge you to a Uttle test I have 
been giving people in my serv- 
ices lately. Just try to name 
the leaders of the six large 
world powers today! Most 
people cannot even come up 
with two or three of them. 
(The last Italian premier lasted 
only ten days.) In fact, it 
might even be a difficult ques- 
tion to answer who are the six 
leading nations at the present 

Now let me ask another 
question, "Who were the 
world leaders 35 years ago?" 
You can probably answer that 
one without much thought. 
But where are the leaders, and 
is there anyone in charge here 
now? With men in power, with 
hearts in a state of vacuum, it 
appears that this is a time 
when a "special" man with ah 
the "apparent" answers could 
appear. A man who will seem 
to know it all. But, there is 
someone else in charge, and 
that is God, who is letting 
mankind carry out their act 
until Christ returns. Then it 
will be clear who has been, 
and is, in charge all of the 

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Cover photos by John Burtoft 

in [''- 

35 Years Ago- 1944 

The Klievers are en route home for a 
much needed furlough. They will be coming 
by route of Lisbon, Portugal by ship. . . . 
National Youth Camp at Winona Lake will 
be under the direction of Leo Polman, cost 
will be $11 for the week, bring along your 
ration book. . . . Cheyenne, Wyoming, pur- 
chases property for building. 

15 Years Ago- 1964 

Jim and Carolyn Dowdy are announced 
as a new family to aid in Mexico. . . . Pastor 
Haller is honored for his tenth year of 
service at Middlebranch. Ohio. . . . Reports 
of the fire at the First Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, California, tell of the destruc- 
tion of the largest church in our Fellowship. 
. . . The WMC delivered a new blue Dodge 
Town Wagon to the Brethren Navajo 

5 Years Ago -1974 

North Kokomo, Indiana, breaks ground 
for their new building. . . . Professor Ken- 
neth Taylor was named the 1974 recipient 
of the Alva J. McClain Award for Excellence 
in Teaching. . . . Seminary awards and 
honors went to David Plaster and Roger 
Wambold . 

Volume 41 Numbers June 1979 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 

Artist, Jane Fretz 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 

Knute Larson. Foreign Missions: Rev. John 

Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Schools: Dr. 

Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 

Missions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer. WMC: Linda 


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Dear Reader, 

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because it is offering time. June and July have been set apart in our 
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June '79 > 

J\ (jUoment ^Mlik (jUisgions 

John W. Zielasko 

Chnreh Planting in 

Rev. Robert Griffith presents a 
challenge with the aid of an interpreter 


By the year 2,000, Mexico City (now ranked 
third) is predicted to be the most populous city in the 
world. It will expand from its present population of 
10,942,000 to an astounding (and in many respects 
frightening) figure of 31,616,000 inhabitants. 

Brethren Foreign Missions has a ministry in this 
tremendous city. Rev. and Mrs. Phil Guerena are 
making significant progress toward the planting of a 
church and the evangelization of the area. 

On March 9, Rev. Robert Griffith, a member of 
the Foreign Missionary Society Board, and 1 began a 
week's visit with the Guerenas to observe and evalu- 
ate the work as well as to help and encourage our 
missionaries in their difficult task. Field Superin- 
tendent Rev. Walter Haag arrived toward the end of 
our stay, so we had a good opportunity to review 

Above: Phil Guerena 
ministers to people on 
different levels of the 
socio-economic levels in 
Mexico City 

goals, methods, and strategy for the immediate 
future. Outside of an unpleasant encounter at 5 a.m. 
with a most unwelcomed and frightening earthquake 
(7.5 on the Richter scale), our visit was most en- 
couraging as we participated in the lives and basked 
in the hospitahty and generosity of the Mexican 

The following are excerpts from the report that 
Mr. Griffith prepared of that memorable trip. 

The core church group in Mexico City involves 
middle-class citizens and includes 57 members. Many 
of the group are high school and college age young 
people, but there are some stable families, too. One 
of the continuing needs which the missionaries recog- 
nize is for more men to become equipped to give 
leadership in the church. To this end, Phil is en- 

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deavoring to disciple men. 

The church services average about 70 in Sunday 
attendance, meeting in homes in the evening only. A 
governing board of five young men assists Pastor 
Guerena. Each of them has a specific area of respon- 
sibility such as missions and camps, an outreach mis- 
sion point in the city, music, or finances. This board 
meets weekly to plan and schedule the church activi- 
ties and to spend time in Bible study. 

Outreach ministries are carried on at other loca- 
tions: The Apatlaco mission averages 30 on Sunday 
mornings and Thursday evenings (although a VBS 
there had as high as 80 on one occasion); the Vicente 
Guerrero mission meets Sunday mornings, also, with 
about 30 participants. There are two other mission 
points in the south of Mexico which Phil oversees, 
and these ministries are carried on largely by men 
whom Phil has taught in the past. 

Regular activities throughout the year include a 
one-week camp program (with more than 65 
campers), three vacation Bible schools (total attend- 
ance about 140), and weekend retreats with 30 to 35 
young people. This year a special evangelistic cam- 
paign was planned for the month of April at the 
Apatlaco mission. Hopes were for 500 people to at- 

The Guerenas have three children: Phil, Jr., is in 
the U.S. Coast Guard; Laura and Martin are students 
at Grace College. Even without the children, the 
Guerena home seems always to be busy ; visitors are 
welcome and come and go at all hours. Thus, Phil and 
Amy have many opportunities for ministry on a per- 
sonal level. Here's what a typical week might look 
like on their calendar. These are just the regularly 
scheduled activities and do not include the many in- 
terruptions, the mundane housekeeping chores, and 
the special events which continually occur. 
Monday Phil: study in daytime; evening disciple- 
Amy: ladies Bible class 

Tuesday Phil: study in daytime; church board 

Wednesday— Phil: discipleship meetings; home prayer 
Amy: ladies extension class 
Thursday — Phil: discipleship; Apatlaco mission 

Friday Phil: social contacts; home prayer 


Saturday Phil: visitation; youth meeting 

Amy: ladies and girls class 

Sunday Phil: Apatlaco mission; church service 

Amy: church service 

Phil is unusually knowledgeable about Mexican 
history and culture. He has both studied and taught 
on the university level, and he is able to relate to the 

people with ease and understanding. His own Mexican 
heritage has proved, too, to be of great value. 

One of the big needs (in addition to time and per- 
sonnel) is a regular meeting place. The Sunday eve- 
ning worship services were for a while moved from 
place to place each week, meeting in someone's home 
or garage. There are peculiar problems relative to 
owning land in Mexico, and churches ordinarily can- 
not do so easily. 

A carefully thought-out strategy and plan is being 
developed by the missionary and churchmen in Mexi- 
co City. One very important goal is the indigenization 
of the church, that is, securing a Mexican national to 
pastor and lead the local congregation without finan- 
cial support from the U.S. Toward this end, some of 
the young men of the church are preparing for leader- 
ship roles. Some may enroll in a local Bible institute. 
One is a seminary student in the States, planning to 
return to his home for full-time service. 

When the present Mexico City congregation is 
fully indigenous, the Guerenas will move on to an- 
other area of the metropolis to begin again the plant- 
ing of a church. 

The following are a few of the goals established for 
the Mexico City work: 

1. Greater concentration and efforts by the mis- 
sionary and the church body to reach and in- 
volve mature men in the body of behevers. 

Phil is discipling these young men to take over the leadership 
in the Mexico City churches 

2. A stronger, more organized, well-functioning 
local church complete with national pastor and 
its own meeting place within the next three 
years. (Note: The main obstacle in reaching this 
goal is land— political reasons are involved— 

3. The missionary to move to another section of 
Mexico City and involve himself in evangeliza- 
tion and church planting. 

4. More missionary personnel recruited to join the 
Mexico City team. 

For an illustration of the way the Mexico City 
congregation is involved in an outreach ministry, see 
the April 1979 issue of Foreign Mission ECHOES. 

Pray faithfully for the Brethren work in Mexico 
City. Remember the Guerenas as they witness to the 
grace and saving power of Jesus Christ. 

June '79 


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Brethreu Foreign Missions 

at I^atioual Couferenee, 

St. Petersburg, Florida, 

August 12-18, 1979. 

Meet the Missionaries in informal 

fellowship hours following the evening 


service on Tuesday, Thursday, and Fri- 



Missionary Personnel 


Corporation Meeting, 8:00 a.m. 

Lynn and Mary Hoyt 

Dedication of New Missionaries, 8:20 a.m. 


Bill and Imogene Burk 

Ed and Eileen Miller 


Central African Empire: 

V Tlnarsclay, 

Mary Cripe 
Ruth Kent 

August 16 

Larry and Linda Pfahler 

Roy and Ruth Snyder 

Missions Banquet, JVoon 

Evelyn Tschetter 

(by reservation only). 



Roger and Nancy Peugh 

new missionaries 


^6.50 per person. 

Foster and Marguerite Tresise 

Deadline for reserv^ations — ^ 

July 20 (check must accompany \ 
reservation). Mail reservations to: ) 


Walt and Alys Haag 

The Foreign Missionary Society of the 

Brethren Church, P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590 



Earl and Lita Futch 

Missions Rally, 7:00 p.m. 

Alice Peacock 

extravaganza with Foreign 

and Home Missions 

Central African Empire: 

Cheryl Kaufman 

Tom and Sharon Stallter 

Annual Report 


Kent and Becky Good 

Be sure to pick up this 


colorful, pictorial update on 

Edna Haak 

Brethren Foreign Missions. 

Dave and Kathy Manduka 

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Feeling, Crashir 



Nathan Leigh 

(FMS Editor's Note: Nathan Leigh 
is a faithful member of the Waipio 
Grace Brethren Church in Wahiawa, 
Oahu, Hawaii.) 

I was immediately swept into a 
church that based its foundation on 
emotion, not the Word of God, 
when I prayed to receive Jesus 
Christ as my Saviour at age 14. I 
grew for about six months, then I 
"crashed." You see, when I took 
Christ as my Saviour, He changed 
my heart in such a way that it gave 
me about six months of food on 
which to grow. I was examining 
changed priorities and knew I had 
a purpose. 

As I said, though, this lasted 
only six months. I needed more 
food. Questions danced in my 
head: who exactly is Jesus? What 
did He really do and give up for 
me? What promises did He give 
me? What assurances did He give 
me? Since I was in a church that 
based everything on feelings, not 
the Word of God, I "crashed" 
because I did not "feel" any 
victories in my Hfe. I did not 
"feel" saved anymore. I did not 
"feel" forgiven any more. I didn't 
"feel" anything anymore, in fact I 
just didn't "feel." 

For the next five and a half 
years I Uved a sickening, lonely, 
guilt-filled life inside. I may have 
looked good on the outside, but I 

was dying on the inside. Then 
came the time that God in His 
infinite grace, led me to a 
convention of 300 Christians. 
There I rededicated my life to Jesus 

It was Uke being bom again. I 
asked one of the head men for the 
name of a good church to attend 
close to where I Uved. He referred 
me to the Waipio Grace Brethren 

From the first time I stepped 
into the church, I saw the difference . 
One thing that really caught my 
attention was that when I asked a 
question, I did not hear, "Well, I 
believe . . . ." Instead I heard, 
"Let's see what God's Word says." 
Pastor Tresise made me realize that 
my existence as a Christian should 
be centered around the Word of 
God. Without it I was defeated and 
confused. In it I could find out 
who Jesus is and what He did. In it 
I could find the assurances of 
salvation, answered prayer, 
forgiveness of sin, and truth for 
victory. I learned these and many 
more things at my new church, and 
I have seen that a fundamental 
church is essential to a community. 

I will never be able to express 
my thanks enough to God for 
planting this church and this pastor 
in Hawaii. Without them I do not 
know where I would be. Because 
of them I have learned how to yield 
myself to the Holy Spirit so He can 

open up God's Word to me and 
reveal God's will to me. 

The Lord has shown me many 
things about His power and how it 
works. He showed me how a group 
of believers, given the faith, can 
take a poor piece of land and 
transform it into a place where 
believers can meet together to 
worship God. He also made me 
realize that the House of God (the 
building) would be worthless if the 
Temples of God (the beUevers) 
were not faithful and sanctified 
unto Him. 

I have seen young people step 
out in faith and go to Bible colleges 
to be trained for God and His 
service. I have seen older people 
who were "set in their ways" deny 
"their ways" and choose God's 
way. And I have seen our church, 
through the work and prayers of 
some believers, come to be known 
in our community as a Bible 
believing church— a place where you 
can learn who Jesus Christ is and 
what He did for you. God provided 
this house, led me to it, and I thank 
Him for a part in its worship and 

God has blessed our church 
mightily and I have seen many 
decisions made for the glory of God 
and Christ and many prayers 
answered. Through our church I 
have been blessed, and my heart 
and hfe enriched thoroughly. I 
praise His name! 

June '79 

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In the Middle of a Tillage with 
no Place to Hide 

Margaret Hull 

These past two weeks Jan Walker (a 
TIME missionary) and I lived in a tent in 
the middle of a large African vUlage 
which was far from the main road. We 
both thought about how terribly public 
our lives were and then of how public 
the ministry of Jesus was. 

We remembered the times He went up 
into the mountains or across the lake to 
be alone, and that often the crowds fol- 
lowed Him even there. His times of 
privacy must have been rare. Most of the 
time He was pushed and shoved by 
hordes of people, someone always asking 
for one more favor, one more miracle be- 
fore He ate or slept. 

Our two weeks were nothing that ex- 
treme. There were no miracles. There 
were lots of requests for attention to 
headaches, stomachaches, a toothache, a 
cold, and a fever. My little pharmacy was 
well used. We ate outside the tent and a 
crowd always gathered at mealtime, if by 
some good fortune they had thinned out 

They knew what we ate and how 
much. They knew that we brushed our 
teeth after each meal. They knew when 
we slept and who went to sleep first; 
when we read; when we took our baths; 
and how much water we put in the 
bucket. They were there at 6 a.m. to say 

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good morning. They were there after 
classes at noon and stayed until class 
time again in the afternoon and again in 
the evening. 

The children were always there. They 
acted a httle less inhibited than their 
parents, peering in the tent windows, 
commenting on all they could see. They 
even brought benches in order to be 
more comfortable in their watching. 

After a couple days of this, with raw 
nerves already showing, we began to try 

to chase the children away (without 
much success). And we didn't welcome 
the company when someone always in- 
sisted on accompanying us on our walks, 
though I'm sure they did it out of polite- 
ness and concern for us. Always, always, 
eyes were watching us. It was then that I 
began to think of how it must have been 
for Jesus, and thought if He could do it 
for three years, surely Jan and I could 
manage for two weeks. 

But then I got to thinking of how He 
did it. There was no seeming acceptance 
of the situation and a secret complaining 
to the disciples, as Jan and I did to each 
other after our guests left us at night. 
Even when the disciples tried to spare 
Jesus He insisted and said, "Bring the 

children to me." That blew my mind— 
the children, fighting, crying, screaming, 
and anything to make noise. Falling, 
pushing children. 

And then I remembered other things 
about His ministry, like what time of 
day it was when He gave the word that 
the son of the king's officer would live- 
1 p.m. (John 4:52). When did He eat? 
Even at a party He was asked to work a 
miracle. And always, always the crowds. 

The women in our classes were eager 
and receptive. Even though they had not 
yet sold their cotton and money was 
scarce, all those who could read and 
some who couldn't, bought lesson books 
and song books. We studied the minor 
prophets and found that the conditions 
the prophets preached against in those 
days exist in our day, too. Some of the 
women squirmed when we got to the 
part about false weights and measures. 
Perhaps some of them had put rocks in 
the bottoms of their cotton baskets so 
that they would weigh in heavier at the 

They asked us to stay two weeks 
longer, but we had had enough of seven 
hours of classes in that heat. When we 
left they loaded us with gifts: eight 
chickens, a goat, bananas, and corn 
flour. At the time I thought how that 
even there the contrast showed. Jesus 
didn't get that kind of reception or fare- 
well very often. 

Once again I was impressed in the 
village with some of the people's needs. 
Children are essentially untaught in 
Christian things; pastors need study 
helps and encouragement; there needs to 
be more down-to-earth fellowship be- 
tween missionaries and nationals. In 
other words, there needs to be more mis- 
sionaries. We are praying especially for a 
couple to work with youth and for more 
couples to work in districts. Single gals 
are fine, I'm one of them. But we need 
more men. Pray with us? 

June '79 

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The Father's 

Joshua Bimba 

FMS Editor's note: Joshua Bimba 
is a third-year student in the Theologi- 
cal School at Yaloke, Central African 
Empire. His homeland is the Chad. 

I was a young man who lived in a 
prosperous family. My father was a 
wealthy man and had married several 
women. There were eight wives. This 
is not strange for an important man to 
have several wives in African culture. 
I am one of 17 children who are alive. 
Many others died. 

My father was not a Christian 
man— he practiced the Muslim religion. 
This was too bad for me because I 
didn't know any Bible lessons in my 
youth. My father let each of his 
children choose his own religion 
according to his own conception, 
except me. Why? The reason was that 
he wanted me to become a Muslim to 
continue his religion. For him to be 
saved, since he did not have the power 
to guard his faith, I had to be faithful. 
By me, God could put a little of my 
faith on him and he would be saved. 
This idea is according to Muslim 

One day, a friend's father came to 
our home. He came from very far 
away. He was a AfaraZjow?— a doctor 
according to the Muslim faith. When 
he was ready to go back, my father 
offered me to him as a sacrifice. This, 
too, is according to the Muslim custom. 
The man said that I was very young 
and couldn't walk that far. I could 
live with my father for several years 

yet. And when he returned, he would 
take me with him. This man was gone 
for some time. Later we heard that he 
had died. 

After that, my father purposed to 
give me to a priest of the Catholic 
church for a good education. He 
could send me anywhere without my 
father's permission. The priest agreed 
to take care of me for my education. 
After a short time, he was called to go 
back to Rome. This made it possible 
for me to live with my father again. 

When I was 1 1 years old, my father 
died. I went to live with my cousin. 
He and his family were Christians. 
Every Sunday they invited me to go to 
church with them. At Sunday school 
I listened intently to the lessons about 
Jesus and the Old Testament 
characters. I was very interested by 
these historical lessons. 

In December, 1966, 1 told my 
cousin's wife, "I want to go to heaven 
with your sons when Jesus comes." 
Every day they told me, "You can ask 
your teacher at the Sunday school to 
help you to know how you can 
become a friend of Jesus." If I 
became His friend. He would take me, 
too. I did, and I learned how I could 
receive Jesus for my own Saviour. I 
realized that it is not difficult to 
receive life from God in Jesus Christ. 

While I continued to study in the 
high school, I purposed to become a 
journalist or an agricultural engineer. 
But soon I felt in my heart that God 
was calling me for His ministry. I told 

my friends and they encouraged me to 
continue my studies. I answered, "It 
is time to consider the will of God- 
not my will, the will of man." At this 
time, many Christians were suffering 
in my country (the Chad) for their 
faith in Jesus. It is very hard to live 
the Christian hfe, but I said, "Living is 
for the glory of God; dying, too, is for 
the glory of God." 

I decided to enter the Theological 
School to study Bible. I had no one 
who could support me; I prayed. 
Afterwards I told my church about it 
and they are now paying for my 
studies. This year I will finish, and I 
believe God is preparing a place for me 
and will use me as His servant. I will 
not be continuing my studies, but I 
can become a good student of the 

I may be poor here, but I will know 
of the mercy and peace of my God. 
My father was a wealthy man, but now 
he has nothing. I wiU be experiencing 
the truth of Psalm 126:5-6 and be a 
wealthy man there. This is true 
because my Father promised it to me. 

"They that sow in tears shall reap 
in joy. He that goeth forth and 
weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall 
doubtless come again with rejoicing, 
bringing his sheaves with him" (Psalm 

Friends, when God calls you for His 
ministry, don't be sorry. It is a good 
ministry. When you follow Him you 
have a firm hope and peace in your 
heart. God bless you. 

June '79 

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Happened to 
the Immels? 

Howard Immel 

Many people wonder what new 
missionaries do after their commis- 
sioning service at National Confer- 
ence. After packing and repacking 
suitcases and barrels, it's off to 
language school! For us, there have 
been two language studies— one at 
Albertville , France ; and one at 
BoguUa, Central African Empire. 

We feel our time at Albertville 
was a good way to start our 
missionary career. Besides our 
intensive study of French, we were 
able to see our missions in Germany 
and France. 

While at the Chateau de St. 
Albain, we put some of our French 
and a few of our talents to use. We 
also helped ready the meeting place 
for the Macon church. In France 
we spent time helping, as well as 

After French language school, 
we flew to the CAE for more 
language study. After our arrival I 
discovered that no matter where 
you go there is always a need for a 
mechanic and handyman. So 
during our language study at 
Boguila, I was able to repair trucks, 
light plants, a gas dryer, roofs, 
electrical wiring, plumbing, and 
many other things. It might sound 
like everything was fixed, so there 
won't be any need for repairs for a 
while. Not true! One major job 
will be replacing the plumbing 
which is unstable because of the 
condition of the water and age of 

the fixtures. 

My wife, June, was also able to 
help with some typing and sewing 
while at Boguila. For the medical 
work she typed thank you letters 
for drugs and made several mattress 
covers. We found we still had quite 
a few adjustments to make during 
language study. 

We finished our Sango study in 
November and moved to Bata in 
December. It was quite a thrill 
finally, after 17 months, to have 
our own things and really get 
settled into a house we could call 
our own. But even at a time like 
this, Satan gets his licks in. We had 
four barrels that had gotten wet 
somewhere along the line. Many of 
our things were ruined. And, yet, 
through it, we could praise the 
Lord because some important 
things— sewing machine and tools— 
weren't in those barrels. 

Here at the Bata station many 
things have called for my 
mechanical ability also— trucks, the 
print shop, and houses. I can see 
how the Lord has used all the 
different situations in my life to 
prepare me to be used here. 

Amid all this there is our 
teaching ministry. June is already 
involved in teaching in the reading 
program and in other opportunities 
with the Bible Institute wives. I 
will spend first semester pohshing 
up my Sango and having an 
informal class. Second semester I 

will take a greater load. 

Our three children report that 
they enjoy getting back into an 
English type of school. They do 
tell us that they miss the skiing and 
swimming lessons in France, but 
they like getting into the regular 
studies such as math, reading, and 
spelling. The separation from 
parents and the time in the dorm 
have gone well. 

Our whole family is learning 
much about African customs and 
ways. One interesting thing that 
has taught us a lot about African 
culture has been getting our drivers' 
licenses. We went to Bozoum in 
August (we were at Bata to get 
children started in school and to get 
a few needed things from our 
barrels) and were told we could just 
transfer our Ohio licenses and it 
would be done in a few days. 

After many trips, oral and 
driving exams, plus $55 for mine 
and $20 for June's, we finally got 
our first licenses on January 16. 1 
got my permanent one on February 
16. But we have to find a certain 
type of stamp for June's before we 
can get hers. 

It has been great to get involved 
in the ministry and we are looking 
forward to whatever else the Lord 
will bring our way as far as ministry 
is concerned. We wish to take this 
opportunity to thank all of you for 
your prayers in our behalf. God 
bless you. 

June '79 

news report 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 

D The Northern Atlantic District is hosting a singles 
weekend in eastern Pennsylvania over Labor Day 
weekend (Sept. 1-3). The camp program will feature 
Bible studies, meaningful sharing, swimming, voUey- 
ball, hiking and music. Ed Lewis and Judy Ashman of 
the GBC Christian Education office will direct most 
of the program. To receive more information, write 
to Pastor Robert Divine, Grace Brethren Church, Box 
12, New Holland, Pa. 17557. Attendance is limited to 
160 persons. 

D Looking for a youth director or assistant pastor? 
Confidential resumes are available upon request from 
GBC Christian Education, Box 365, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590. Those seeking such positions may also 
contact the above address. 

D Grace Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va., recently 
honored the Minister of Visitation, Rev. K. E. 
Richardson, with a Sunday night "AfterGlow" and 
a money tree in celebration of his eighty-first birth- 
day. Pastor Richardson began his preaching career 
as a boy in elementary school where he would stand 
on a tree stump to preach to other boys and girls who 
would listen. 

It was in 1944 that the former trolley car motor- 
man entered the gospel ministry at Grafton, W. Va. 
Returning to Roanoke, he began the Clearbrook 
Grace Brethren Church. Later, at Radford, Va., this 
church planter rooted the Fairlawn Grace Brethren 
Church from which the Riner Grace Brethren Church 
sprang. In addition to the above, Mr. Richardson min- 
istered at St. Petersburg, Fla., for a brief time, at 
Johnson City, Tenn., concluding his pastoral respon- 
sibilities at the Riner, Va., church. Retiring, he be- 
came associated with the Ghent Grace Brethren 
Church, now becoming better known as Roanoke 
Grace Brethren Church, where he works with the 
pastor. Dr. Robert Collitt, and Rev. Kenneth L. 
Teague, minister of discipleship. 

D Photo credit should have been given to Liz Cutler 
for the photos of the Grace College Senior Art Exhibit 
on page 35 of the May Herald. We regret this error. 

DThe Warsaw Community Grace Brethren Church, 
Warsaw, Ind., has licensed two men to the gospel min- 
istry, Gregory M. Howell, and Gary Kochheiser, as of 
March 25, Gregory Howell is serving as youth pastor, 
and Gary Kochheiser is teaching at Lakeland Chris- 
tian Academy, Warsaw, Ind. 

D The Penn Valley 
Grace Brethren Church, 
Telford, Pa., held its 
SMM Princess Contest 
at the April WMC meet- 
ing. Kris Harding (left) 
was crowned the Amigas 
Princess and Robin 
Derstine (right) was 
crowned the Little Sis- 
ters Princess. They will 
be competing in the 
North Atlantic District 

DThe phone number for Phillip Guerena, page 87, 
should be: 905/590-4362. DWUliam F. Tweeddale, 
310 Washington Ave., Telford, Pa. 18969. D Samuel 
Baer, Rt. 3, Dryhill, Ky., 41749 (Tel. 606/672-2520). 

iMotices in this column must be submitted in writing by the 

BEECH, Clair, 77, March 19, a faithful member of 
the First Brethren Church, Altoona, Pa., Mike 
Volovski, pastor. 

KIMMEL, Jesse, March 30, Grace Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif., Dave Hocking, pastor. 
LEVERGOOD, Elsie, April 16, a charter member of 
the Geistown Grace Brethren Church, Johnstown, 
Pa., Gerald S. Allebach, pastor. 

METZGER, William, 81, March 3, First Brethren 
Church, Martinsburg, Pa., William SneU, pastor. 
WELLS, Richard, March 12, charter member of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Elizabethtown, Pa., 
Michael Rockafellow, pastor. 

June '79 


Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest al- 
ways upon, these new families who join the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald readership. A six-month free subscription to 
the Herald is given to newlyweds whose addresses are sup- 
plied by the officiating minister. 

Janet Carey and Gregory Leigh, Aug. 13, 1978; Janet 
is a member of the Community Brethren Church, 
Grass VaUey, Calif. 

Sue Waite and Jerry Stern, Nov. 25, 1978, First 
Brethren Church, Martinsburg, Pa. 
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kreider, Feb. 2, First Brethren 
Church, Martinsburg, Pa. 

Becky Mathis and Bob Santa, March 16, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Judy Mclntire and Joe Zeller, March 17, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, Cahf. 

Kristy Clayton and Ron Johnson, March 24, Grace 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, CaUf. 
Jane Driver and Joel Richards, March 3 1 , La Loma 
Grace Brethren Church, Modesto, Calif. 
Rachel Fimbres and Tim Donaldson, April 7, Grace 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 
Joy Ingwaldson and Randy Keezer, April 7, Grace 
Brethren Church, Beaver City, Nebr. 
Jan Geveshausen and Dan Tilton, April 21, Grace 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 
Mr. and Mrs. Ron Hinish, April 21, First Brethren 
Church, Martinsburg, Pa. 


Beaver City Grace Brethren Church, Beaver City, 
Nebr., July 15, Russell Betz, pastor; "Sermon in 
Song," Ransom Hess, vocalist. 

n Alan N. Clingan, minister 
of evangelism at the Riverside 
Grace BrethrenChurch, Johns- 
town, Pa., since September, 
was ordained into the Chris- 
tian ministry on March 1 1 . 

The speaker at the ordina- 
tion service at the Riverside 
church was Dr. Robert B. 
Collitt, former pastor of the 
Hagerstown (Grace), Md., 
church and currently serving 
as pastor of the Ghent church 
in Roanoke, Va. 

Music was provided by the 
Melodess of the host church 
and Mark Fox of the Thomas 
Road Baptist Church, Lynch- 
burg, Va. 

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June '79 

A Home Missions interview by Promotional Secretary Brad Skiles 


Rev. Don Eshelman talking 

with Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

at Eastern Home Missions 


Comniittecl , 

and Faitliful 

I recently had the opportunity to talk with 
Rev. Don Eshelman while attending the 
Brethren Home Missions Council's Eastern 
Pastors' Workshop. Don is a 1978 graduate 
of Grace Seminary and is serving as the pastor 
of the newly formed Wichita, Kansas, Grace 
Brethren Church. The Eshelmans, Don, his 
wife, Mary Alyce, and their son David, moved 
to Wichita in July 1978 with a commitment 
to starting a church. Receiving no financial 
support, Pastor Don found a job and has been 
ministering on the side. 

Since our March 8 conversation, the 
Council has adopted Wichita as a 1979 Home 
Missions point with financial assistance for their 

Although this is Don 's first year in the 
pastorate, he has a great vision for his church 
and seems to be heading for a very successful 
ministry. I was impressed with Don 's 
philosophy of ministry, and I think you will 
be, too! 

Don, tell me something about Wichita; 
what kind of people live there? 

Wichita has a strong economy. The 
unemployment rate is around 3.2 percent, so 
this tells you there is a strong economy and a 
good financial base. Most of the people in 

Wichita would be classified as middle-class or 
upper middle-class. We have corporations 
that have large employment and really pay 
well. It provides many of the people with a 
healthy income. 

Before moving I looked at the economy. 
You don't want to go into a city that is going 
backwards. The west is going to grow. 
Wichita is growing— we're in a city that is 
growing. Homes are being built even though 
the interest rate is 1 1 percent, and that shows 
that somebody has the money. 

Vc How well is the city churched? 

It has quite a few churches but when 
you look at what the churches are teaching, 
there is a great need. There are a lot of liberal 
churches. We do have some fundamental 
churches, but not many, and their 
membership is not very large. We're talking 
about some independent Baptist churches 
that are fundamental, but they are only 
running 300-500, maybe 1,000. When you 
consider a population of 250,000, or greater 
Wichita of 400,000, they are not even making 
a dent in it at all. 

And we're not there to go out and proselyte 
from the Baptist, or steal sheep. We feel that 
there are lots of people in Wichita that don't 
know a thing about the Lord. We are 

14 June '79 

committed to an evangelistic ministry of 
going out and knocking on doors— sharing 
the Gospel with people. 

S<, What kind of foundation is already 

We have three families that are enthuias- 
tically committed to the work of starting a 
Grace Brethren church. The Cummings, the 
Kobys, and the Moncriefs; that's the base 
that we are going to be working with. I've 
really appreciated a lot of good ideas I've 
picked up at the workshop on getting into the 
community. Our people are willing but they 
need direction and guidance, and then they 
will be ready to go. They can't wait! 

Our plans are to build a church from new 
converts. It's good to have the three families 
that are Brethren, and enthusiastic, but we 
realize that we can't just sit around and say, 
"O Lord, send us some more Brethren 
families." I feel we need to go out, and we 
have bushels of prospects! 

Don, I'm curious. You went to a ministry 
that offered no human support. What kind of 
commitment, in terms of time, do you have to 
the work? 


My wife and I are both committed to 
long-term goals. We sink our roots really deep 
into a community, at least we have found that 
to be the case in our lives. 

Hopefully, Wichita is going to be our home 
for a long, long time. I'm talking about 
twenty years. I'm thinking about a long-term 
goal. Lord willing, not being in the process of 
starting a church or being in Brethren Home 
Missions for that long— that's not my goal! 
My goal is to at least go self-supporting within 
a five-year period from our first organization. 
No more than five years. 

Does it scare you at all in making that 
solid of a commitment at this point in time? 

No, it doesn't. We really feel the Lord has 
led us there— He wouldn't have opened the 
door for us to move into Wichita and He 
would not have provided. Not only did He 
open the door, but we didn't have the funds 
to move from Indiana to Wichita. We asked 
the Lord, and we only asked Him. "If You 
want us to go to Wichita, You are going to 
have to send us our financial needs, because 
we don't have them." And He did just that! 
We were five weeks without a paycheck. No 

money coming in. But He provided enough 
funds through the Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, 
church to move from Indiana to Wichita, to 
be able to rent a house, and to buy groceries 
until I found a job and had a paycheck. 

There was a time when we were out there 
(we moved in the middle of July) that was 
difficult. It took me two weeks of beating 
the pavement in 105 degree weather before I 
found a job. There were a couple of days, 
one day in particular, when this just flashed 
across my mind: "Lord, what did You do, 
send us here to die?" And then in the back of 
my mind I knew that that was crazy! The 
Lord's going to take care of us! 

I read in Psalms, "I would have despaired, 
but I knew that I would see the goodness of 
the Lord," and Psalm 27:14, "Wait on the 
Lord, be strong and courageous. ..." I knew 
then that the Lord wanted me just to be 
patient, and we knew before we moved there 
that the Lord had a job and a house for us. 
My wife and I were committed to the fact 
that these things were already there, and all 
we had to do was find them. It took us two 
weeks to find the job and the house, but they 
were there. 

>w You seem right on target with your 
philosophy of ministry and your vision. 
Without having been an intern, where have 
you picked up this type of thinking? 

A Well, I think the Lord has instilled in me 
a lot of determination. I tend to be blunt and 
often bullheaded. If I set out to do 
something, then 1 really set my sights on 
accomphshing what 1 want to do. I really 
plan on staying in Wichita and am just 
determined enough to do it! I feel, and 
know, that God is going to be faithful and I'm 
going to do my best to be faithful to Him. 

A person can be determined and still be 
"off base." How does your determination 
relate to your knowledge and experience in 
church planting? 

i\. When I was in the Winona Lake Grace 
Brethren Church, I was involved in their 
evangelism program and went out knocking on 
doors. So I feel that work provided me with 
experience for evangelism. 

Another area that I feel I have experience 
in is general administrative abilities. Between 
college and seminary I spent a year working 
as an assistant manager of an auto parts store. 

continued on page 16 

June 79 IID 

<fM {fM A A A 

continued from page 15 

My background is not in Bible but in 
business~my B.S. is in Business Administra- 
tion and Economics. So, as far as the details 
of organization and things like that go, it 
doesn't bother me. 

I think that's the only way to go— proper 
organization~get the thing set up and it will 
work. There are a lot of businesses that start 
every year, but a lot of them fail. I think two 
reasons for their failures are because you have 
to be determined, and you have to be 
organized right! If you know you are in a 
work where God wants you, then it is going 
to go. 

I'm sure, and I know I have already made 
mistakes, and that I'm going to face a lot 
more of them. But I think in starting a 
church, I won't have to worry about trying to 
mend the mistakes and problems that I would 
find in an organized church. Mistakes that are 
going to be made are going to be mine and I 
think that with the Lord's help they will be 
easier to correct. 

Finally, I really feel that Grace Seminary 
has provided me with a tremendous training! 
I've been well prepared for going out to 

Let's get back to the church, tell me 
something about the visitation that is taking 

We're doing Saturday morning visitation 
now. Like in any large city, in the evening we 
find that people are not as receptive to 
answering the door. 

Who is involved in the visiting? 

Mainly it has been my wife, our little 
son, and me, just walking up to a door, 
knocking, and introducing ourselves, giving 
the people information, and sharing with 
them. I also have gone out with one of the 
men, but the winter weather caused some 
transportation problems. I'm really looking 
forward to the time when the weather clears 
up, and we can have some really good times of 
canvassing and knocking on doors. 

All three couples with us are committed to 
the work and they're going to work with us. 
They have expressed their desire, and some of 
them, even in the situation that we've been in 
with bad transportation, have demonstrated 
to me that they are going to be faithful. So I 
look for them to really move with us. 

* * Have you seen anyone come to Christ 
since you have been there? 

No, I've really had an opportunity to 
share a lot with a number of people, and 
we're praying for quite a few people right 
now. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks 
we will see some real fruit harvested. I've had 
four in our church that have requested to be 
baptized, they are believers, and feel led by 
the Lord to take the step to become a 
member through trine immersion. I'm 
thrilled at this because it means that 
everybody in the beginning church is willing 
to submit themselves to the Lord in baptism 
and really get involved in our work. 

What are your goals for this year? 

Well, I guess I'm being really optimistic, 
because 1 would like to see the church grow 
from where we are right now to 100. One 
hundred people, that means we are getting 
out! And we're talking about new decisions 
for the Lord-new fruit! We already have 
some ripening up well in working with several 

In a year I would hope to go from 1 3 to 
100! That's what I would like to see! Of 
course, if that's the case, we would have to 
move from our present location— our home, 
but we will decide that when the time comes. 
Our current facilities will hold about 50 at the 

Do you think that's realistic? 

I really want to get out and move! I 
really do. If I can use the time wisely that the 
Lord gives me, then I think we are well on our 

What will that involve from the 13 
people that you now have? 

Really taking a lot of Saturdays and 
knocking on doors. I think one idea that we 
are really going to incorporate is the act of 
taking a flower to the people that are moving 
into the community. And there are a lot of 
people moving in. That won't be hard to do. 
It isn't hard to make contacts. I know a lot 
of churches have really struggled and maybe 
that is too high, I don't know, but why not 
shoot for something that will make us work 
and stretch our faith! 

Don, thanks for sharing this time, and 
for being a good example! 


June '79 


^t's Corner 

Larry N. Chamberlain 



Jesus and His disciples were at Capernaum, probably at Peter's house. The tax collect- 
ors approached Peter, requesting payment of the temple tax, the equivalent of two days' 
wages. When Peter came to Jesus for advice, the Lord instructed Peter to go to the sea, 
throw in a hook, take the first fish, open its mouth, and pull out a coin which would be 
of sufficient value to pay all the taxes due (see Matt. 17:24-27). 

The reader can appreciate, with careful study, many applications to this miracle of our 
Lord (one of which is not that we should start fishing on January 1 and hope for a 
mouthful by April 15), but to me the most dramatic application is to witness a powerful 
demonstration of our Lord's miraculous ability to provide for a financial need-in short, 
a miracle in doUars and cents. 

Certainly, it was nothing short of our Lord's miraculous intervention as He provided 
for the financial needs of the Brethren Home Missions Council during 1978. Our faithful 
supporters throughout the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches registered a significant 
14 percent increase in offerings for the year. These offerings, combined with other 
sources of the Lord's provision, allowed sufficient funds for the Brethren Home Missions 
Council to care for aU of its expenses in 1978. In various measures, the Brethren Home 
Missions Council was able to minister both financially and administratively to 46 mission 
points and mission pastors, including the Navajo and Jewish Missions. 

The approved budget for 1979 includes significant increases in mission support. Our 
vision is to have an expanding ministry, even in the face of inflationary pressures. The 
A IVT i "TfJ r*! f* Board of Directors, sensitive to the continued efficient use of your contributions, has 
enacted a system of aggressive goals for each of our home mission churches. This system 
is designed to encourage all of our churches in areas of attendance, finances, and out- 
reach ministries. Our home mission pastors are giving this program their enthusiastic 

We have faith that our Lord will again provide for the financial needs of the Home 
Missions Council in 1979. During this anniversary year, performing His commission 
in the United States for 40 years, the Brethren Home Missions Council will appreciate and 
effectively appropriate your continued prayer and financial support. 

in Dollars 
and Cents 

Start That ^^^^irigaJ^Geotf^ 

It may seem like just a drop in the ocean 

But it takes lots of drops to finance a BrcthrerrfhwlTh^ 

especially in thes^,.days of high inflation, 

and each drop helps increase the circles of outreach^ 

of the Brethren Investment Foundation, 

Let your drop fall this month 

for the future grovvf/^j 
of Brethren Churches. 

Box 587, Brethren 

June '79 

Home Missionaries 

Rev. Richard Jensen, superintendent of the 

Brethren Navajo Mission and Boarding 

School since August 1, 1977, resigned 

effective June 1, 1979. Mr. Jensen 

and the Navajo Mission staff hosted 

the 1979 annual Spring Board 

m/ . Meeting of the Brethren Home 
^jCUcoIOf Missions Council on March 
, 15, 16, and 17. The 

PcUlOfftJnXCL ^o^'"'^ °f Directors and 

^ ^ staff members had the 

privilege of attending the 
dedication of a new Navajo 
Grace Brethren Church building 
at Day Mesa on Sunday, March 18. 
Mr. Jensen has accepted a call to the 
Big Valley Grace Community Church, 
located at Modesto, California, for the pur- 
pose of establishing a Christian Day School. 

Richard, Pam and the Jensen children 

The surprise of the year is Rev. Ed Jackson 
of Kenai, Alaska, accepting a call to the 
Grace Brethren Church of Orlando, 
Florida. Pastor Jackson has served 
five years in Kenai leading the 
church through a building 
program and on to self- 
supporting. He was used of 
God to get a work started 
in Anchorage that is 
ready to begin building 
and he has helped to get a 
Bible class started in Homer, 
Alaska. Pastor Ed arrived on the 
Florida field in May and we are 
looking for God's continued blessing 
on his ministry as he moves to Orlando, 
Florida, and takes up the Lord's work in 
this new and different setting. 


Ed and Polly Jackson 

June '79 

Ml a a a a 

on the Move 

Tim and Mary Coyle 

A new state for the 
Grace Brethren church 
has been opened. The Board 
of Directors in its recent meet- 
ing adopted the Grace Brethren 
Church of Newark, Delaware. At 
the same time a new pastor was ap- 
proved for developing a church in this 
new state. Rev. Timothy Coyle, a Grace 
Seminary graduate who has been serving an 
internship at Worthington, Ohio, Grace 
Brethren Church, accepted the call to 
serve as the pastor of this new work 
and moved on to the field May 1, 
1979. This new church started as 
a Bible class which was taught 
by Rev. Alan Mangum of 
the Philadelphia Third 
Brethren Church. 


Laurie and Dan Bull 

Mr. Dan Bull gradu- 
uated from Prairie Bible 
Institute in April and was 
examined for licensure by the 
Northwest District in May. He at- 
tended the Brethren Home Missions 
three-day orientation program May 
8-10 and left for Homer, Alaska, to be- 
gin his ministry there. For the present time 
he will be working to help support himself 
during the early stages of development. 
Property has already been purchased in 
Homer and Rev. William H. Schaffer 
has been conducting the Bible class 
prior to Dan's moving to the 
field and taking up his new 
work in Homer, Alaska. We 
pray the Lord's richest 
blessing on him. 


June '79 


Self- Supporting Counsel 

For the last two months we have looked at why a home mission church should go self-supporting. The pur- 
pose of this self-supporting series has not been to be critical of financially supported churches, nor to subtly 
motivate current Home Missions churches to seek other support. Rather, the Brethren Home Missions Council 
beheves that after 40 years of financially assisting newly planted churches, it is time to refresh our memories as 
to why a church should leave its "nest of support" and venture into a hfe of self-support. 

In our first article, we asked six former Home Missions pastors to define why their churches went self- 
supporting. In their responses, we found three underlying principles. First, self-supporting is bibUcal. Not only 
do independent churches dominate the Book of Acts, but a basic biblical principle of "being ministers, rather 
than being ministered to" also applies. A church with a total world vision, will seek to free moneys applied to 
their work, so that other ministries may be started and other communities effectively evangelized. 

A second motivating principle we found common is the practical results from self-support. In his book 
The Indigenous Church, on page 78, Melvin Hodges writes; 

. . . the spiritual welfare of the congregation demands that it be self-supporting. A sense of responsibility 
fosters spiritual blessings. Deprive the converts of the privilege of giving and the responsibility of sacri- 
ficing to support the work and weak Christians will result. ... On the other hand, they cherish a work 
which has cost them sacrifice and effort. 

Our third principle we discovered was that of a willingness to step out in faith and trust God. "Without 
faith it is impossible to please him . . ." and the church that stepped out on their own, demonstrated their con- 
fidence in God's ability to supply aU their needs. 

In this last article of our three-part series, we sought advice. Knowing that in a multitude of counselors, 
purposes are established (Prov. 15:22); we asked our panel of six pastors-WHAT COUNSEL COULD YOU 

Pastor Milan 


the challenge 

of self-support. 

Saddleback Valley Grace Brethren Church, Mission Viejo, California. 

A congregation, just like individuals, will respond to the challenge of making 
forward direction for God. If we, as pastors, do not challenge our people to take 
steps of faith, then our people will become unresponsive and will lack enthu- 

It is my personal belief that if we are doing God 's will as pastors by equip- 
ping the saints to do the "work of service " and are leading them by example, 
then the congregation will respond by following the pastor to meet the goal. As 
we do this, any material needs that we have will be a very logical and expected 
step of faith that will just naturally come as we experience the blessing of God. 

Pastor Ed 

Pray for 
the Lord's leading. 

Kenai Grace Brethren Church, Kenai, Alaska. 

/ do believe God's blessing upon the work is the greatest benefit that can be 
obtained. Therefore, the best counsel that can be given to a church who desires 
to become self-supporting is to reach out to others, and reap the blessings. 

Self-supporting for us involved: 

1. Setting a goal. 

2. Praying for the leading of the Lord. 

3. Being willing to follow that leading. 

4. By faith, continually praying, and by faith, believing. 

June '79 

Pastor Ron 

SeeK an 
honest consensus. 

Grace Brethren Church, Bowling Green, Ohio. 

Diligently use your head and your heart! Collect as many facts and figures 
as possible relating to going self-supporting and make honest projections. All 
the while, listen to your heart 's inclination. The decision does not belong to 
the mind of man alone. A great deal of this decision depends upon what you 
(the pastor) want to do. 

Secondly, seek an honest consensus. Be sensitive to those not vocalizing 
their opinion. Help each one honestly express himself. Do not vote to please 
one another, even the pastor. Communicate! Be honest and loving in putting 
forth your opinion. God works through individuals. The body is only as strong 
as the individuals. Respect each one; encourage each one; love each one: honor 

Pastor Steve 

Weigh all 
the factors. 

Grace Brethren Church, Aiken, South Carolina. 

Weigh all the factors. In our own case, we could have made this step earlier. 
But being only the second church in this state, the national support and 
advertising was invaluable to us. Therefore, we delayed the step while cutting 
back BHMC support level to a minimum. 

Secondly , know your people. Each pastor knows his people. Their "real" 
interest in the work has to be evaluated. Their potential for maintaining and 
enlarging the ministry has to be at least equal to and hopefully greater than the 
support being lost through a step of self-support. 

Pastor Kenneth 

each step. 

Bible Brethren Church, Glendora, California. 

Pray-with a spirit of "thanksgiving" (Phil. 4:6). But don Y stop there, get 
moving (Read Ex. 14:13-16 LB)! 

Plan- Visualize your church as self-supporting. Plan the steps from "here to 
there "; and go at a steady pace. 

Prioritize-Self support is not just a financial goal, but a big step in accepting 
the responsibilities that come with being a local church. Set in priority those 
things which the church needs to do in staying on a straight path to self-support . 

Promote-the newer Home Missions works and their needs. Eyes off of our- 
selves and onto the "harvest"! 

Pastor Robert 

the Lord. 

Grace Brethren Church, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. 

/ suppose my answer here will be rather simplistic, but 1 believe it is accurate. 
There are two things that must be done. First, that church must obey the Lord. 
That will include being faithful in personal attendance, in inviting friends, in 
giving, in praying, and in maintaining a spirit of optimistic unity in the face of a 
"challenge" that is perilously close to an "obstacle" to the work of God. 

Secondly, I believe that church must trust the Lord. One of the few things 
God cannot do for Himself is to trust Himself. He has no external needs that 
require it. That is undoubtedly one reason why "without faith it is impossible 
to please Him. " If God has led a church to go self-supporting, God will supply 
the wherewithal to accomplish His will. He abideth faithful! 

June '79 i 

A Tribute to a Brethren Personality 

Walter D. Witt ... 


William Snell 

Editor's Note: This is a tribute to Walter D. Witt who 
was killed in a hunting accident in December of 19 74. 

He was active not only in his local church, but also 
in district activities. He was an outstanding Christian 
and a tactful soul winner. He has preached in many of 
our Brethren churches in both the Allegheny and 
West Penn Districts. 

Over the years. Rev. William Snell had a growing 
conviction that a tribute to him would be a source of 
inspiration to God's people. 

When the crack of a rifle echoed through Leasure 
Hollow on the morning of December 14, 1974, it 
ended the earthly life of Walter DeSales Witt. He had 
been mistaken by another hunter for a deer and was 
killed instantly in the accident. Salie, a nickname he 
had for years, was an avid hunter and he was spending 
the final day of the buck season in the woods. But 
that final day of the deer season proved to be the 
final day of his sojourn here on earth. His 38 years of 
life had been busy and exciting years. 

Walter Witt was born on May 20, 1936, into a 
farm family of Wellersburg, Pennsylvania. He was one 
of three children born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Witt. 
He was born again at the age of 20, after returning 
home one night from the Meyersdale Grace Brethren 
Church. That evening he heard a former high school 
classmate explain the Gospel. Upon arriving home, he 
went to his room and knelt down by the bed and 
prayed to receive Christ. 

From the very beginning of his Christian experi- 
ence, he had a desire to serve the Lord. He was soon 
teaching Sunday school and continued to do so for 

many years. He taught at the Wednesday night youth 
groups. For several years he served on the church 
board. Those who worked with him recognized him 
as a leader. When visitation teams went out, he was 
happy to be a part of this ministry. In fact, it was 
probably in this area where his abilities were most 
evident. He enjoyed sharing his faith wherever he was. 
Those who sat under him as an Earth Science teacher 
in the local high school knew that he was a Christian. 
The biblical account of creation was always pre- 
sented, as well as the secular views. Members of the 
faculty were aware of his commitment to Christ. He 
was sponsor of the Junior Hi-Y for boys in grades 
7-9. Once each year, Salie took charge of the meet- 
ings and his topic was always the same: "Where Will 
You Be 100 Years from Now?" In this secular meet- 
ing, an invitation was given for these young boys to 
receive Christ. While fishing with a good friend Don, 
he led him to Christ. One man who came to the 
funeral had met Walt in the mountain while picking 
blueberries. He was introduced to Christ and received 
Him right there in the blueberry patch. The boys with 
whom he worked on the track team knew him as a 
Christian coach. 

Walt became a speaker representative for PCAP 
(Pennsylvania Council on Alcohol Problems) in 1968 
and was actively involved until his home-going. In 
1970, a typical year, he had the privilege of speaking 
in 38 services. This meant that Sundays were usually 
spent away from the famUy, but this presented an 
opportunity rather than a hindrance. Each Sunday, 
one of the four children had the pleasure of having 
"Dad" all to himself during the drive, as well as eating 
out with Dad. Those times have provided precious 
memories for the family. Many times he spoke in 
three services on a Sunday, somewhere in Western 

When the Christian Business Men's Committee 
chapter started in Meyersdale, Walt was a part of the 
same. He enjoyed taking others to dinner meetings so 
that they could be exposed to the Gospel. He was a 
faithful supporter of this work. Walt's picture and 
testimony are a part of the October 1970 Contact 
magazine published by CBMC International. 

He could be counted on to help each summer at 
the booth set up at the Somerset County Fair 
grounds. This booth, sponsored by the area CBMC, 
provided an opportunity to present the claims of 
Christ to folks who showed an interest in spiritual 
things. This was an exciting opportunity that Walt 
greatly enjoyed. Many prayed to receive Christ. 

As I reflect on the life and ministry of this man, 
one word comes to my mind— "Introducer." During 
his lifetime, he introduced scores of people to the 
Lord Jesus. Many others, to whom he had witnessed 
previous to his death, came to Christ after learning of 
his death. Although Salie never had the privilege of 
seeing his mother and dad receive Christ, one week 
after his home-going, they both invited Christ into 
their lives. 

June '79 

He introduced me to the fun and excitement of 
grouse hunting. Even to this day, I enjoy getting into 
the mountains to find some of these tricky game 
birds. He introduced me to the heavens with the tele- 
scope that he used in teaching at school. He intro- 
duced me to deer hunting as well as ringneck and 
turkey hunting. It seemed that he always wanted to 
get others involved in things that he found whole- 
some and enjoyable. 

But the chief passion of his life was to introduce 
others to the Lord Jesus Christ who had transformed 
his hfe when he was 20 years old. 

His children— Vicki, Dan, Mark, and Lisa, remem- 
ber their Dad as a consistent Christian. His wife, 
Cathy, knew that he wanted to honor and glorify 

God in his life. His friends and relatives and associ- 
ates remember him for his zeal to be all that God 
wanted him to be. The members and friends of the 
Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church respected and ap- 
preciated him. 

As his pastor for eight years while at Meyersdale, 
Pennsylvania, I remember him as a capable intro- 
ducer. With enthusiasm he opened up many areas of 
life for me. But his greatest ability was that of intro- 
ducing others to Jesus Christ. Some people called him 
"Salie"; some called him "Captian"; some called him 
"Walt"; but I say that the most descriptive name that 
could be given him is the "Introducer." 

Thank you, Father God, for the remembrance of 
Walter Witt. 

js we go to press . • . 

GBC Christian Education announces a new September, 1979 grov/th campaign called, 
"The Spirit of Joy." The five-week program, especially designed for the Sunday 
school, includes emphasis for morning and evening church, and ideas for "growth 
spirit." Lessons for each of the September Sundays are included in the introduc- 
tory packet, which is available from the GBC Christian Education, Box 365, Wino- 
na Lake, Ind. 46590, 

Pastor Carlton J. Fuller has resigned as the pastor of the Grace Brethren Church 
of Johnson City, Tenn. , effective May 1. 

A free examination copy of The Family First will be sent to any pastor. Christ- 
ian education director or Sunday school superintendent (one copy per church, 
please). This study guide, written by Dr. Kenneth 0. Gangel, president of Miami 
Christian College, is scheduled for use in the Brethren adult curriculum begin- 
ning Sept. 2, 1979. Send your note for one free copy of The Family First to the 
Herald Co., P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 

Howard Snively resigned as pastor of the Ankenytown Grace Brethren Church, Bell- 
ville, Ohio, on May 20, and has accepted the pastorate of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Kenai, Alaska. He will begin ministering there July 1. 

On Sunday evening, April 29, the largest baptismal service in the history of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Colorado Springs, Colo., took place when a total of 25 
were baptized. This was the largest number baptized at one time during the pas- 
tor's years of ministry. Thomas Inman, pastor. 

Miss Evelyn Fuqua went to be with the Lord on May 17. She served for a number 
of years at the Dryhill, Ky. , home mission point. Details in the July Herald. 

Rev. Bill Smith recently conducted a series of special meetings at the Grace 
Brethren Church of Goshen, Ind. He was also the keynote speaker for the nen's 
convention of the Wesleyan church held in Indianapolis, Ind., on April 14. On 
May 20-23 he conducted a special series of meetings at the First Brethren Church 
of Fort Wayne, Ind. Galen Lingenfelter , pastor. 

June '79 

Wesley Haller 

Praise be to the Lord, I am still 
alive and in closer fellowship with 
Him after the Three Mile Island in- 
cident. I live on the perimeter of 
the danger area, while people from 
seven of our Grace Brethren 
churches reside within the critical 
zone. God has been good. As I 
write, the reactor is cooHng without 
a meltdown. But much apprehen- 
siveness remains. 

If you thought the 1973 oil 
crisis, or the predicted shortages for 
this summer, were, and are, causes 
for alarm, they cannot compare 
with TMI. It was a real scare bring- 
ing tension to my heart as well as 
thousands of others. I was ready to 
call one of those "800" phone 
numbers but could find no listing 
for "friglit-healer." And the Lord 
made that unnecessary because of 
the calmness He brought to my 

The misgivings of the incident 
were exposed in unconventional 
fears. There was the man ahead of 
me at the bank withdrawing 
$5,000, writing his signature 500 
times on his traveler's checks. Be- 
cause of such withdrawals, armored 
trucks "turnpiked" cash to our 
area to replenish depleted reserves. 
An interview with a college student 
near TMI unmasked the same 
anxiety: "I was walking back to 
class today and in the air you could 
taste the radiation. It left a bitter 
taste in my mouth." Some insisted 

the radiation from TMI would 
cause hair to fall out. Brother, if 
that's true, I was "radiated" years 
ago! Fright is evident, too, in the 
remark of one leaving a local disco: 
"We're having a radiation party-an 
end of the world party. We only 
have a little time left, so we better 
get dancing." The conflicting re- 
ports on TV and radio heightened 
the alarm: "The hydrogen bubble is 
in imminent danger of exploding." 
"The bubble is shrinking." "An 
evacuation is near." "No evacuation 
is planned for now." All these 
contributed to the build up of 

Every time our local fire siren 
pierced the air, anxiety filled 
hearts. Had there been an explosion 
at TMI? Was this the cue for evacu- 
ation? Anti-nuclear power demon- 
strations enforced the qualms all 
were experiencing. 

What brought calm to my heart 
and soul? Many know the answer. 
The Word of God became my 
strength. In Psalm 37, I learned the 
secret of a tranquil spirit. "Fret not 
..." the writer, David, begins. 
Someone has commented that 
"fret" is composed of: 



Tension! That was in my life. 
Or, as Charlie Brown of "Peanuts" 
recently inferred about his life at 

school: "My anxieties have anxie- 

When I recognized that I was a 
victim of fret, I comprehended 
once more the value of laying claim 
to the promises of this Psalm: 
commit, trust, deUght, rest in the 
Lord. God wishes for us to commit 
our lives to Him. Such commitment 
results in life being more than emo- 
tion-filled days of panic. A valid act 
of the will changes one's whole way 
of life. And trusting in the Lord 
means to lean hard on Him who is 
well able to carry our weight of 
concern. To delight means that 
each day I leave everything in the 
Lord's hands. And triumphant daily 
victory brings us into rest, rest from 
friction but not from action. 

Anxieties choked many people, 
including some of God's children, 
in this section of Pennsylvania in 
recent weeks. But out of the TMI 
incident has come for me a new 
confidence in Jesus Christ along 
with fresh determination not to 
panic in any predicament. My new 
aspiration is for others to discern 
that "difference" in my life as a 
Christian. I will not panic but use 
the simple technique of applying 
biblical truth, depending on the 
Lord to see me through one day at 
a time. It has taken a TMI crisis to 
recycle my thinking so tliat Sunday 
creed is becoming faith in action 
for every made-in-the-flesh week- 
day crisis. Praise the Lord for tlie 
TMI experience. I have learned. 

June '79 

hoping to help in Christian ed, 
youth, and church growth 

GBC Christian Education 

wislies you a liappy summer 

and urges your faittiful 

involvement at ctiurcli 

even wlien it's hot! 


We do appreciate the faithful 
support of many of you by letter or 
through your church. April and 
May are times for special CE giving, 
and our response with a Peter 
Wagner and Beverly LaHaye tape. 

Even though it's June, you may 
still help us! 

We are delighted to keep expand- 

ing and producing. We really do 
seek to help, and hear that what is 
happening here is benefiting what 
our local churches are doing for 
Christ and His education plan. 

Your prayers and gifts for GBC 
Christian Education are certainly 

When Christians taper off on 
growth or church commitments in 
the vacation months, it says only 
one thing to the world, and the rest 
of the church, and family. 

It says He doesn't really matter 
very much. 

If God took off on one day, so 
can we, and summer is a great time 
for get-aways (including the one to 

Summer Jump 

our National Conference and CE 
days in Saint Pete!). But that's dif- 
ferent from the frequent skipping 
of Sunday commitments that 
causes slumps and depression in 
many churches. 

What can you do to give an intra- 
venous to your church this 

The seminar we're bringing to Sunday 
and Monday of conference week is like a 
wildfire in America right now. People 
who have taken the "Walk Thru the 
Bible" hours talk about a new handle on 
Scripture that helps them understand, 
study, and teach. 

And what a need that is, with the 
growing inability to find needed Scrip- 
ture, memorize passages, or compare 
Scripture with Scripture. 

Other ways help tool 

1. Regular daily Bible reading! (Bril- 


2. A month at a time reading the same 

book every day. This really helps 
you feel with the book, get the 
connections and apply it. 

3. Adult Sunday school class (and 

even preparation so you really 
get into it). 

4. Use of a concordance, Bible dic- 

tionary, and one-volume com- 
mentary, at the least. 

5. Prayers attached to your reading. 

6. Sermon notes! (Just so the pastor 

doesn't think you're writing the 
other kind of notes!) 

7. But still, with it all, "Walk Thru the 

Bible." Can you come? 


the Bible 


Pastor Knute Larson, Executive Director; Ed Lewis, Director of Youth Ministries; Judy Ashman, Director of SMIVI; 
Ginny Toroian, Administrative Assistant; Brian Roseborough, Director of Timothy Teams; Gladys Deloe, Youth Secretary 
Box 365, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 219/267-6622 

iune '79 

CE Interview With Beverly LaHaye, by Ginny Toroian Of^rf II 

Mrs. Beverly LaHaye, noted author 
and speaker, is president of "Con- 
cerned Women for America," a cor- 
poration devoted to educating Cfiris- 
tian people in God's design for men 
and women, and the family. (See May 
1979 issue of the HeraldJ 

A current issue of great importance 
to Christian families is the Inter- 
national Year of the Child. The major 
concern of this celebration is "the 
rights of the child. " 

Mrs. LaHaye continues sharing with 

CE: Beverly, how serious of an issue is 
the International Year of the Child 
(lYO? What are some of the things 
being done because of lYC? 

BL: I believe the International Year of 
the Child is one of the most serious, 
subtle things that has ever come across 
the American public. It is so subtle 
that it is on us already and Christian 
people have been swept along with it, 
thinl<ing, "Well, it's certainly good. 
Who would not be opposed to a child 
being abused, or who would block any 
help to children who are starving or 
poverty stricken?" 

There are pamphlets in every public 

The International 
Year of the Child 

school in America on the lYC. When 
you read it through you certainly 
would agree with it. It is fighting for 
children to have better opportunities, 
better home environments, less 
neglect, less abuse, less hunger. But, as 
in anything else, we need to look be- 
yond: who's sponsoring it, where did it 
start, who started it, and why did it 
start? You cannot just look at the sur- 

When I began to research the lYC I 
found some startling things. If the ob- 
jectives become a reality in our coun- 
try, children will no longer be free. We 
talk about "rights of children." Chil- 
dren will lose rights in light of what 
you and I call rights: their spiritual 
rights, right to have parents, right to 
be under the authority of their 

Let me give you a little back- 
ground: In 1959 the United Nations 
passed a resolution called the Declara- 
tion of the Rights of the Child. Now 
that's 20 years old. So in 1979 the In- 
ternational Year of the Child is the 
anniversary of 20 years of the Declara- 
tion of the Rights of the Child. The 
rights of the child are divided down 
into 10 principles. You read them 

through and they look very go( 
seems that the child is protected 
this and that. 

But look at who wrote that, 
it says, "we will protect," who 

The first seminar on the IY( 
held in 1977 in Prague, Czechoslo' 
Their featured speaker was a w 
named Marie Kabrhelova, chairw 
of the Czechoslovak Women's L 
In her opening statement at this 
nar she made this comment: 

All the rights of the new gent 

tlon to a harmonious, healthy £ 

universal development of all childi 

and young people are laid down 

the constitution of all socialist coi 

tries. They are also again included 

the draft of the new Constitut 

of the Soviet Union which was 

first country in history to solve 

the problems of the young general 

in such an inspiring way.^ 

Who has the answers to all the w 

problems? The communists, the 

stitution of the Soviet Union, be 

they "solved" the problems of 


How do they deal with chil 
They have state-supported chile 
centers. What is the movement i 
U.S.?— to get govern ment-spon 
child-care centers. 

June '79 

hat kinds of legislation are being 
fiked on that could limit parental in- 
li; tee? 

m glad you said legislation be- 
3 it will require that for most 

oday we have the child-parent- 

I relationship. The government is 

all of us, the parent is over the 

|-,l, and the child is under the 

Liority of the parent, and the 

rnment. They're working toward 

Dving the parent from the middle. 

ill be the child/the state. 

he feeling is that the parent is the 

test problem in the child's life— he 

in't train the child right. The 

lonal Educators Association is ad- 

iting changing the time a child 

:s school, dropping the age limit 

:; school to two years of age. This 

/; take the child out of the parent's 

tjds and place him into the edu- 

Ejir's hands. The parent would no 

ler have the choice of putting the 

d in a child-care center— it would 

^1 demand. So the parent loses con- 

] of the child at age two, to go into 

rjte-supported child-care center. 

jl/hat about restrictions on religious 
: :ation or Christian education? Are 
' e any problems that might arise 
ijChurches and Christian schools? 

I)h, I see that as all part of the total 
1. Hearings are going on in Washing- 
regarding the eligibility of private 
bols (that includes Christian 
ools) for tax exemption. By squeez- 
it more and more, you begin to 
ff out some of the little schools 
gradually will snuff out the private 
Dol system. This is why it's impor- 
: that Christians fight the IRS 
ius the private school. It's just an- 
9r way that they can gain control 
the Christian community, and re- 
:t parents giving the child the kind 
education that they want him to 

Dne big issue concerns a parent im- 
ing his beliefs on a child: leave it 
to the child to decide what they 
It to think— will this restrict a 

parent in what he can teach within the 

Principle #10 in the United Nations 
Declaration of the Rights of the Child 
declared, 20 years ago: "The child 
shall be protected from practices 
which may foster racial, religious, or 
any other form of discrimination." 
Who determines that there is religious 
discrimination? Not the parent; the 

When the government makes that 
determination we could one day be 
prosecuted as teaching religious dis- 
crimination. And principle 10 says 
that "the child will be protected 
from" it. 

How will they protect the child? 
Well, they could either take the child 
away from the parent, or they could 
say that the child could not be under 
the parent's training. The child has 
to go into a government-supported 
school system so that the government 
would now train him. 

I think organizations who are spon- 
soring the International Year of the 
Child should examine what these prin- 
ciples say. There are 10 of them. It 
uses the word "protect" several times. 
We need to find out from what they 
are protecting our children, and deter- 
mine if we are in agreement with those 
things from which the child is to be 

What are some of the other things 
that the child will be protected from 
under these organizations? 

I'm referring to one of the prin- 
ciples that says they are to be "liber- 
ated" from traditional morals and 
values. The day care system being ad- 
vocated would minister to a child from 
six months to six years, which is what 
they would really like; the mother 
would have to go to work by the time 
the child reaches six months of age. 
That gives the system 8,000 more 
hours to teach values. 

A lack of Christian values. 

Yes, but this is the word that they 
use . . . values, fear, beliefs and be- 
havior. Whose values? Whose fear? 

Whose beliefs? Whose behaviors? It's 
the humanists values, beliefs, and so 
on. It will begin to take away any of 
the biblical teaching, any of the biblical 
standards that we've had for the 
family down through the years. 

Gloria Steinam made this state- 
ment: "By the year 2,000, we will, I 
hope, raise our children to believe in 
human potential, not God. "^ We will 
no longer believe in God, and the 
values and morals that God has taught 
us, but in human potential. 

Then, of course, one of the other 
things that the child will be protected 
from is parental authority. "We recom- 
mend that laws dealing with rights of 
parents be reexamined and changed 
where they infringe on the rights of 
children . . . amendments should re- 
inforce the primacy of the rights of 
the child. "^ And who determines what 
these should be? Of course, we're back 
again to the humanist— the govern- 

One social worker told a church 
group that they were abusing their 
children by requiring their children to 
sit through a church service, just be- 
cause the adult demanded that the 
child sit. The child has rights; if the 
parent places such a demand on the 
child, it is the parent's rights, not the 

How can we become more aware of 
how this might be affecting us in our 
own communities? 

Well, there are several things in 
print, that Christians should be sub- 
scribing to, that are trying to keep the 
Christian community alert, informed, 
and educated so that we can be a step 
ahead. We need to learn to be on the 
offensive, and not always just defend- 
ing our position. 

We need to inform others. If you 

have literature in your hands, don't sit 

on it. Share it with your pastor, your ?o 

neighbors, your church group or a oi 

club— whatever you're in. But try to ?■ 

get other people, who love families as ^ 

we do, interested and informed on it. a 


And thirdly, I think we ought to be f 

writmg to the elected officers of our " 

June '79 

continued from page 27 

States and letting them know that they 
are there representing us, and that we 
do not approve of all of the bills 
giving authority to the federal govern- 
ment in the area of child-rearing. 

The approach to lYC is different 
than the International Women's Year. 
Why the change? What difference will 
this make in how the International 
Year of the Child will affect us? 

The International Women's Year 
got their start by having that big con- 
ference in Houston. Every magazine, 
newspaper, and television station 
carried it. That had adverse affects. 

Rather, the lYC is organized differ- 
ently. Instead of a national conven- 
tion, they have organized what we call 
NGOs— nongovernmental organi- 
zations. They are sponsoring the lYC 
not only financially, but also serving as 
consultants. These organizations are 
scattered all over the U.S. and are in 
every community in America. These 
organizations infiltrate right into our 
homes through social clubs and civic 
organizations. They sponsor lectures 
and programs on child abuse. 

You won't hear about things in the 
name of the International Year of the 
Child. You'll hear about it concerning 
doing something about child abuse and 

Again, the whole approach and 
concept is subtle. We need to be in- 
formed and active, seeking God for 
direction in combating this movement. 

We appreciate your concern and 
work in this area. Thanks for taking 
the time to make us a little more 
aware. Now we know how to pray and 
how to guard against its effects in our 

Women of the Whole World, Journal of the 
Women's International Democratic Feder- 
ation, No. 1, 1978, p. 23. 

Saturday Fleview of Education, March 

White House Conference on Children, Re 

port to the President, 1970, p. 361. 

June '79 

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1979 Brethren 


Youth Conference, 

August 12 - 19, 1979 

On the campus of Florida Bible Col- 
lege, Hollywood, Florida. Featuring 
Bill McKee and "Walk Thru the Bible" 
Seminar. Registrations due June 15. 










Myerstown, Pa. 

Luke Kauffman 

Guy Brigh 


Simi Valley, Calif. 

John Gillis 

Harold Ba 


Hagerstown, Md. 

Jack Peters, Sr. 

J. A. Stou 





Columbus, Ohio 

Randy Bowman 



(East Side) 



Modesto, Calif. 

David Seifert 

Harlan Va 

O if 

(Big Valley) 



Roanoke, Va. 

Ron Thompson 

Sammy El 

(Patterson Memorial) 


Covington, Ohio 




Wayne Wis 


Armagh, Pa. 

David Plaster 

Jack Ande 

5 (5 


Bowling Green, Ohio 

Ronald Boehm 

Rick Petty 


0) o. 


Ewa Beach, Hawaii 

Clifford Coffman 






Udell, Iowa 

Marvin Meeker 




The Joy 

^f the Lox^ 

Missionary Qiinhdays 

AUGUST 1979 

(Jf no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 28 and 29 

of the 1979 Brethren Annual.; 


Mrs. F. George Peters August 10 

Rev. Bruce Paden August 26 

Kirk Immel August 26, 1968 


Rev. Bill Burk August 5 

Mrs. George Johnson August 10 

Jeffrey Farner August 20, 1967 

August 12, 1970 


Ginette DeArmey 


Rev. Jack Churchill August 20 


Rev. J. P. Kliever August 21 

Miss Ruth Kent August 21 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

wmc o((iciarg 

Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Hwy., Winona Lake, 
I nd. 46590 

1st Vice President- 
Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) Risser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

2nd Vice President- 
Mrs. Walter (Emma) Fretz, 413 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 

Mrs. Joinn (Sally) Neely, 2065 Lefevre Road, Troy, Ohio 45373 

Assistant Secretary- 
Mrs. Tom (Donna) Miller, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 

Mrs. Tom (Geneva) Inman, 2244 Fernwood Dr., Colorado 
Springs, Colo. 80190 

Literature Secretary- 
Mrs. Lloyd (Mary Lois) Fish, Box 264, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R. R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, 
Ind. 46580 

Prayer Chairman- 
Mrs. Harold (Ada) Etiing, 803 Esplanade, Winona Lake, Ind. 


Laura Guerena 

June, July and August afford each WMC 
member an opportunity to encourage the work 
of the organization by helping to pay the bills. 
Remember, this year will be one with added ex- 
penses relative to national conference being in 
St. Petersburg, Florida, instead of Winona Lake. 
Give generously to the Operation and Publica- 
tion offering that the ledger may remain in 
black ink. Offering deadline is September 10, 

June '79 ( 


• Beginning this year at national conference, 
the VVMC wOl honor deceased members of WMC 
who have been faithful Christian workers 
throughout their lifetime. We are asking that 
district presidents aid in this tribute by submit- 
ting names and a short resume concerning the 
person to be honored. As national officers we 
cannot make the tribute complete without your 
assistance. Names should be submitted in writ- 
ing prior to the beginning of conference. 

• Please give accurate numbers on statistical 
reports. If you have questions concerning word- 
ing on the report blanks, check with your Con- 
ference Pen Pointer and other Pen Pointers for 
explanation of wording. For example, Active in 
evangelism -see Pen Pointer, Women Manifest- 
ing Christ. 

• Send labels for new program packets to 
National Literature Secretary Mrs. Fish, prior 
to July 1, 1979. 

• The poster that will be available to use as a 
visual aid for the coming year may also be pur- 
chased by individuals for personal use. Consider 
giving one to your Brethren Student Life Vol- 
unteer student. 

• Offerings due before the end of the WMC 
year are THANK OFFERING for Jewish 
ING— towards the support of five missionaries; 
FOREIGN MISSIONS-extended project of 
mission residence in Winona Lake, Indiana. 
These offerings are due June 10, 1979. 

•As of February 21 our Home Missions of- 
fering was $7,393.87. Praise the Lord! 

Elaine Brenneman 

Twenty years ago I heard a nurse say to our 
daughters, "If you cry, the doctor will use the 
big needle. But if you don't cry, he will use 
the little needle for your poho shot." You 
can be sure that not a tear was shed by our 
girls. Can't say the same for their mother. 
For inside I was shedding buckets of tears. 
Why? Because I was deathly afraid of 
needles— especially the ones used in doctors' 
offices and hospitals. 

For these many years I've always found 
excuses not to be near anyone who was 
receiving an injection. At the very sight of a 
needle, I was long gone. 

But needles are a part of my life now, for 
my husband is on a kidney machine and I 
have to use five needles three times a week 
during his dialysis treatment. When I was told 
I would need to be his partner to help him on 
the machine and that needles were a part of 
it— well, I shed more than buckets of tears— 
and they weren't just inside, either! 

I thank the Lord for good nurses who 
taught me how to use the needles and work 
the kidney machine. It took three long 
months of training. 

There were many doubts and fears. It 
wasn't until I really took the Lord at His 
word that I could hold a syringe and put the 
needles where they belonged. For years I've 
held on to the promise in PhUippians 4: 13: 
"I can do all things through Christ, who 
strenghteneth me." And now I know that 
means using needles, too. Isn't it interesting 
how one can do all things when you have to 
help one you love? 


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n sessions should bring a copy of National WMC con- n 


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stitutlon to the announced business session. Some 

critical changes need to be made and this declara- ||l 

tlon will constitute the public announcement of In- Uj 

tentlon to make such revisions as needed. n 

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Missionary Letters 

Dear WMCs, 

The Lord truly gives us much joy as we serve Him. It is with joy that 
I can be one with you ladies in His service. 

This year is another change in the work for me. With the Missionary 
Aviation Fellowship pilot's family in the dorm caring for six children from 
other stations, I am living with Kathy Kincarte who is the missionary 
children schoolteacher. 

I manage to keep busy by teaching writing and arithmetic to Bible 
school women and first grade reading to help Kathy. When time permits, 
I help Sharon Warenmuende with work in the dorm. It is a joy to be able 
to help others. There is no need to retire as long as the Lord gives me 
strength, although I plan on returning to the U.S. during the summer 
months. I'll look to Him to give me something to do there. 

Thank you for your help in the missions program. The Lord will bless 
you, I'm sure. 

In Him, .J j/ Uy I 

Dear National WMC, 

Greetings in the name of our Saviour! 

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your faithful support 
through the years of us and our projects. My family and I are grateful 
again for your involvement in our lives and ministry here in France. Last 
month marked twenty years for us in Brethren Foreign Missions of which 
fourteen have been lived at the Chateau. That seems long but actually the 
time has gone very fast. We, too, can but rejoice in the Lord, Philippians 
4:4, for all that He has done in this part of France and for our three 
children all of whom grew up in the French culture. Now, it's with much 
joy to see our local Christians committing themselves to the two spiritual 
families at Macon and Chalon, the mission family in France growing and 
our two older children, Becky and Terry, living for Him and fulfilled in 
the classroom-Becky as a teacher at Dayton Christian, and Terry, a junior 
at Grace College. 

In reminiscing a little we remember how active a role you played in 
our lives and that of the Chateau in the beginning of our missionary 
service. While still a student at Grenoble you supported me the first time. 
A few years later, in 1964, you helped acquire the mission property and 
made possible the remodeling of the inadequate bathroom into an area 
which now serves six additional people. Then during the summer of 1976 
your gifts allowed the installation of central heating at the Chateau and in 
the little house on the grounds, our home. This last project has brought 
much comfort in this extreme humid and coldish climate. In addition, 
many of the local WMCs have tnade possible other conveniences on the 

Many thanks again for your financial support this year and also for 
your prayer support that has, through the years, encouraged us and is basic 
to His work. 

Gratefully because of Him, 


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Linda Hoke 

Are We Ready for 


"Train up a child in the way he 
should go, even when he is old he will 
not depart from it" (Prov. 22:6). "And 
fathers, do not provoke your children to 
anger: but bring them up in the disci- 
pline and instruction of the Lord" (Eph. 
6:4). (NASB quotations.) 

Christian parents from long ago 
until modern times have been led of 
the Lord to follow the teaching 
given them in the Bible to instruct 
their children in everything— be it 
everyday living, biblical teachings, 
or preparation for the future. In 
every age there have been those 
who have forsaken this responsi- 
bility much to their own regret 
later on in the life of their children. 
Still God has spoken and we know 
that these truths do not change. 
Many of us do not learn from 
other's mistakes but can only bene- 
fit from our own experiences, 
whether they be good or bad. Our 
purpose in the following article is 
to inform Christian parents and 
other concerned individuals of a 
crucial danger that exists in our 
country and could considerably 
change our way of life if enacted. 

There is a movement afoot to- 
day that is seeking only to destroy 
those things which we as Christian 
parents should hold dear. The Inter- 
national Year of the ChOd is an in- 

nocuous title. Even the postage 
stamps descry the very idea that 
anything connected with the lovely 
image could be wrong. But we have 
been warned that the devil is an 
angel of light seeking to catch us at 
our weakest point and perhaps at 
this time it is through our children. 
Subtlety is an effective tool and the 
advocates of kiddie-lib have gotten 
the idea across concerning chil- 
dren's rights without giving verbally 
any of the consequences which will 
be mandatory if this program is put 
into action. The group has also 
shunned the preparation of a 
national convention because of ad- 
verse publicity working against 

Television commercials, advertis- 
ing, and the like would have us, as 
the American public, to believe that 
this program wOl alleviate children's 
pain from abuse and neglect, and 
terminate all suffering in little ones 
from disease and malnutrition. 
They propose to do all this through 
governmental programs and aid. As 
Christians perhaps we say, "Maybe 
we should help those less fortunate 
than ourselves." But we need to be 
very careful to whom we owe our 

With advertising again as the 
"big gimmick," organizations with 

recognizable names and faces on 
the local front are supporting this 
cause. Perhaps even an organization 
of which you are a member has had 
a part in pushing the celebration of 
the child and children's rights. Be- 
ing a part of the bandwagon is not 
always the local organization's 
fault. If these local organizations 
have national headquarters, it's not 
usually the rank and file that makes 
the decision as to which programs 
to embrace and which to toss aside. 
It is then their hierarchy that has 
made the decision to follow this 
cause of children's rights. The hst 
of organizations is long but exam- 
ples of supporting institutions for 
the International Year of the Child 
are Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 
YMCA, American Association of 
University Women, and Planned 

Are you hearing about the Inter- 
national Year of the Child for the 
first time? It might interest you to 
know that preparation for 1979 to 
be the calendar year of celebration 
has been going on for almost a 
decade. But where did it start? The 
Women's International Democratic 
Federation, based in such eastern 
European countries as Czechoslo- 
vakia, Poland and East Germany, 
first made the proposal to the UN 

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concerning International Year of 
the Child and International 
Women's Year (which is supportive 
of ERA). Both have been cut from 
the mold of socialism. 

The aforementioned goals are a 
nice ring to the ear, but in actuality 
rather than ambiguous statements, 
the International Year of the Child 
has these items as their thrust. 

1. The main duty is to secure 
peace and devote all-round care to 
the young generation. 

2. Recommendations include 
freedom of sexual preference 
(homosexuality), reproductive free- 
dom (abortion), "non-sexist" edu- 
cation at all levels; and federally 
funded child development centers 
for all children. Some of the spon- 
soring organizations would suggest 
mandatory school attendance at the 
young age of three. 

3. A recommendation is also in- 
cluded to liberate children from tra- 
ditional morals and values. The sup- 
porters of this movement are striv- 
ing to educate our children from a 
humanist/behaviorist philosophy 
and this is not strictly a concern for 
humanity. One of the leaders of the 
women's liberation movement, 
Gloria Steinam, has said, "By the 
year 2,000 we will, I hope, raise our 
children to believe in human poten- 
tial, not God." 

4. The pohcy of Uberation from 
parental authority is advocated. As 
stated in the White House Confer- 
ence on Children, Report to the 
President 1970, "We recommend 
that laws dealing with rights of 
parents be reexamined and changed 
where they infringe on the rights of 
children." A suit, now pending in 
the U.S. judicial system, is asking 
that a child be allowed to divorce 
himself from his parents. 

5. Principle 10, 1959 UN Decla- 
ration of the Rights of the Child 
states, "The child shall be protected 

from practices which may foster 
racial, religious, or any other form 
of discrimination." Ask any parent 
in a sociaHst country where these 
freedoms have already been 
"granted" if they may teach Chris- 
tianity to their children. 

These principles and others are 
being pushed by Kiddie-lib advo- 
cates across our country. It is our 
responsibility as Christians to pray 
that the effectiveness of such a 
travesty will be thwarted, but we 
must also put feet to our prayers. 
Organizations which are opposed to 
this movement are in need of our 
support, the support given by a 
wiUing pen to write governmental 
officials stating our opposition. 

The National WMC of the Fel- 
lowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches will not mount an attack 
other than advising our constituents 
of the possible dangers to family 
heritage and spiritual development 
of our children if such a plan for 
children is allowed to exist in our 
country. The plans are already in 
motion; we cannot stop the plan- 
ning stage. Our opposition must be 
swift and reach the hearing of our 
governmental leaders before the 
plans become reahty. 

More information can be had for 
your perusal on this subject from 
the following groups: 

Pro-Family Forum 

P. 0. Box 14701 

Fort Worth, Texas 761 16 

Concerned Women for America 
National Director, 
Beverly LaHaye 
P. O. Box 20376 
El Cajon, California 92021 

This calendar year celebration 
serves as advertising in part of what 
will transpire if we as concerned 
Christians do not strive to inter- 


Compare the freedoms provided 
for us in our country and the social- 
ist countries that have instigated 
the movement of children's rights. 
Finally, compare with the freedom 
that has been given us as children of 
God. How many of these freedoms 
do we want our children to enjoy? 
Again, let us reaffirm our stand on 
this important issue. 

The calendar year of 1979 has 
been designated as the International 
Year of the Child. We as the 
National Women 's Missionary 
Council of the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches go on record as 
opposing this celebration of child's 
rights. Many predominant national 
organizations in our country who 
supposedly have children as their 
mainstream are vocally in support 
of the celebration, but this cele- 
bration and its effects will only tear 
down family predominance in rear- 
ing children, and propose more 
governmental control on our chil- 
dren's early formative years. God 
has told us as parents to be respon- 
sible for the nurture and teaching 
of our children and the Inter- 
national Year of the Child is op- 
posed to that idea and is not Chris- 
tian in formation, structure, or 
teaching. The biblical aspect of 
parental authority is greater than 
any individual rights given by any 
man, government, or program. In 
addition, the freedom and rights 
given to any child upon acknowl- 
edging Christ as Saviour are more 
abundant than man can supply. We 
deplore the acts of abuse that are 
the verbal cause of such a program, 
but would indicate to our members 
in local WMCs across the country 
that the saving grace of God would 
be far more beneficial to the family 
in totality than the International 
Year of the Child. 

June '79 


From the Heart of a Woman, by Carole Mayhall (Navpress,$1.95) 

Here is basic discipleship from a woman's viewpoint. The author describes 
events in her life that convinced her God is interested in her daily activities and 
concerns. The book includes practical suggestions for Christian living, plus many 
personal illustrations. "I don't want to be robbed of even one of God's riches," 
Carole says, "by not taking the time to let Him invade my life." 

Not Ready to Walk Mone, by Judith Fabisch (Zondervan, $5.95) 

Deals realistically with the subject of widowhood, offering sensitive and prac- 
tical advice for this unexpected life style. Drawing from personal experiences, 
the author discusses how to meet immediate and long-range problems. 

The Moon Is Not Enough, by Mary Irwin and Madaline Harris (Zondervan, $3.95) 

The intimate self-portrait of a woman forced to live a fishbowl life. The wife 
of NASA astronaut, Mary Irwin bravely shares how her own insecurity combined 
with the 5-year period of vigorous space training and the pressure of public life 
nearly cost the Irwins their marriage. 





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Grace Seminary 

Summei* Ministries- 
Home and Abroad 

Serving in summer ministries from the Grace Theo- 
logical Seminary wiU be (1. to r.)— front row: Scott 
Garber, Terry Hofecker, Tom Betcher, Rhoda 
Leistner, and Mark Summers. Back row: Dan Moeller, 
J. Paul Brook, and Bill Stroup. Mrs. Scott (Cindi) 
Garber, who will be serving with her husband, was 
unable to be present for the photo. 

Vance Christie 

Nine men and women from the Grace 
Theological Seminary will be serving in sum- 
mer ministries both at home and abroad in 
1979. Dan Moeller will be taking part in the 
new Pastoral Intern Program; while Terry 
Hofecker and Scott and Cindi Garber will be 
working with Brethren churches. Tom Betcher, 
Mark Summers, Rhoda Leistner, J. Paul 
Brook, and Bill Stroup will be ministering in 
four different foreign countries. 

Daniel P. Moeller, hfetime resident of the 
Warsaw-Winona Lake communities, is taking 
part in the Pastoral Intern Program of the 
Grace Theological Seminary this summer. His 
internship will be at the First Brethren 
Church in Wooster, Ohio, where Dr. Kenneth 
Ashman is the pastor. 

A middler in the Master of Divinity pro- 
gram, he is looking forward to the summer as 
an opportunity "to see in practice and do 

what my studies at the seminary have covered 
so far. It will be an opportunity to function as 
part of an organized team to observe adminis- 
trative procedures," he said. 

At this point in his education, Dan feels the 
future service opportunities for the Lord 
could include church planting, leadership edu- 
cation on the mission field and possibly some 
teaching after some experience. A 1976 grad- 
uate of Grace College with the B.A. degree, he 
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth G. Moeller 
of Elkhart, Indiana. His home church is the 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren. 

"We are happy that Dan will have oppor- 
tunities to participate in all areas of the pas- 
toral ministry," Lee L. Kantenwein, assistant 
to the dean and director of the intern pro- 
gram, said. "The internship is primarily prac- 
tical rather than academic. Practical appUca- 
tion of the student's classes is emphasized on 
the field in his intern experience." 

Terry Hofecker is presently a junior in the 
seminary. He is studying under the Master of 
Divinity program. Terry, along with Scott and 
Cindi Garber, will be serving under the Breth- 
ren Board of Evangelism in churches through- 
out Pennsylvania and Ohio. Scott has at- 
tended one semester at Grace Seminary, and 
Cindi is a full-time student and a part-time lab 
assistant at the college. 

Terry sees the summer as "a great oppor- 
tunity to see people come to Jesus Clirist. It 
will teach me the hardship and discipline of 
travel and ministry and will show how, 
through answered prayer, God can use me." 
Terry's summer ministries will involve evan- 
gelistic preaching, outreach and summer camp 

Terry and his wife, Deborah, hail from the 
Riverside Grace Brethren Church in Johns- 
town, Pennsylvania. The Liberty Baptist Col- 

continued on page 36 

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Suitiitier Ministries- 

continued from page 35 

lege graduate expresses great desire to be a 
future evangelist for the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches. 

Scott and Cindi Garber will center their ef- 
forts more around youth. They feel this sum- 
mer to be "an opportunity God has uniquely 
suited us for. We have done a great deal of 
youth work over the past few years and have 
gained an understanding of what they need to 
see and hear." 

Scott visualized the summer as a time to 
give "the Gospel wherever the need and op- 
portunity presents itself. Most of the work 
will be with young people— in camps, VBS 
and the like." Cindi sees herself as a "people" 
person. She talks well with others and is able 
to offer help on a personal basis by counsel 
and example. 

Scott and Cindi, who are looking to a possi- 
ble pastorate in the distant future, are mem- 
bers of the Grace Brethren Church in Sidney, 
Indiana. Scott is a graduate of Tennessee 
Temple and Cindi will receive her degree from 
Grace College this May. 

Rhoda Leistner, Tom Batcher, and Mark 
Summers wOl be serving under the Training In 
Missionary Endeavor (TIME) program. Rhoda, 
a junior in the seminary who is studying for a 
Master of Arts degree in Missions, wUl be 
teaching in a missionary children's school for 
an entire year in the Central African Empire. 

The Berne, Indiana, native is well-qualified 
to teach, having spent three years instructing 
in the public school system and four years at 
the Brethren Navajo Mission. She graduated 
from Taylor University with a Bachelor of 
Science degree and received the Master of 
Science degree in Education from Indiana 

Rhoda anticipates the upcoming year with 
excitement. "Though my teaching experi- 

ences have been slightly varied, the upcoming 
year will be completely different. I know that 
missionary children who live away from their 
parents and who have a limited number of 
friends their own age have very special in- 
dividual needs. I pray that I will be perceptive 
to their specific needs and be able to relate to 
each student in a special way. It will be a 
great challenge, but also a special privilege." 

Rhoda is looking to a career in missions. 
"This exposure to another culture will help 
me in preparation for mission service in the 
future. The teaching position will give me ad- 
ditional valuable experience in that specific 
area for which I've been prepared educa- 

Tom and Mark, who, like Rhoda, are in 
their junior years at Grace Seminary, will 
spend the summer months in Argentina. Both 
are pursuing the Master of Divinity degree. 

Tom, a 1978 graduate of Ohio State Uni- 
versity, is a member of the Grace Brethren 
Church in Worthington, Ohio. Mark graduated 
from Marion College in Indiana in 1 97 1 . He is 
a member of the Monument Chapel Wesleyan 
in Andrews, Indiana. 

Mark says of this summer: "It is giving me 
the opportunity to find out if God would 
want me to serve Him in this type of ministry 
in an overseas billet or in a foreign culture." 
In terms of future service, Mark is looking for 
a discipleship ministry in a church setting. 

Tom desires to use his life in serving the 
Lord in missions outside the United States. 
"This summer is giving me firsthand practical 
experience with the problems and joys of 
serving in another culture. This will enable me 
to make more knowledgeable decisions about 
my future in missions." 

Two other Grace Seminary students will be 
on foreign soil throughout the summer. Bill 

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Grace Theological Seminary faculty in the cover 
photo include (r. to I.)— Front row: Dr. Paul R. Fink, 
Dr. John J. Davis, Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., Prof. 
Richard L. Mayhue, and Prof. Donald L. Fowler. 
Second row: Dr. Charles R. Smith, Dr. John C. Whit- 
comb, Prof. John A. Sproule, Prof. Lee L. Kanten- 
wein. Prof. Ivan H. French, and Prof. Weston W. 
Fields. Back row: Prof. James E. Eisenbraun, Dr. E. 
William Male, Dr. James R. Battenfield, Dr. S. Wayne 
Beaver, and Prof. George J. Zemek. 

Stroup, a senior, will be ministering in Japan 
under The Evangelical Alliance Mission 
(TEAM); and Paul Brook, a junior, will be 
serving for the North American Indian 
Mission in British Columbia. 

Bill, a member of the Shades Mountain In- 
dependent Church in Birmingham, Alabama, 
is seeking his Master of Divinity degree. His 
future plans are uncertain, but he hopes this 
summer will help to clarify them. "I may 
enjoy Japan so much that I would consider 
going there full time. It's a possibility that I'm 
open to." 

The Auburn University alumnus chose a 
summer of service in Japan because of the 
possibihty of being able to teach conver- 
sational English and English Bible to another 
culture. But there were other, more impor- 
tant, reasons for his going. "I have a desire to 
go; there is a need in this area. This is the best 
opportunity for me to serve the Lord for the 

Paul states that the "primary" reason for 
his going to British Columbia is "in answer to 
our Lord's directive to 'go ye into all the 
world and teach the gospel.' " Himself the son 
of a missionary, Paul hopes that this summer 
will bear fruit in the lives of others and in his 
own life. 

The Grace Seminary junior is pursuing his 
Master of Divinity degree. He is a graduate of 
Gordon College in Massachusetts and claims 
an independent church affiliation. Concerning 
the future and the Lord's leading, Paul says, 
"I believe He is leading me into missionary 
church-related work." 

All of these men and women covet the 
prayers of caring believers. Some of their 
financial support has yet to come in. Will you 
aid these summer ministers with your prayers 
and monetary gifts? 

News Notes 

Continue Accreditation 

Accreditation of Grace College by the North Cen- 
tral Association of Colleges and Schools has been re- 
affirmed for another five years. Action of the NC was 
based on the materials provided by Grace, the report 
and recommendation of the visiting team last fall and 
the recommendation of the Review Screening Com- 
mittee. The next comprehensive evaluation of the col- 
lege will be scheduled in five years, 1983-84. 

Votaw in Philippines 

Mr. Floyd Votaw, head of Library Technical Serv- 
ices at Grace, is serving as a short-term guest librarian 
in the Philippines this summer. Under the Summer In- 
stitute of Linguistics program, he will coordinate the 
technical services of SIL's three libraries at Bagabag, 
Manila and Nasuli. Much of his efforts will involve 
consultation and training for Filipino librarians. He 
will complete the term on July 14. 

Chappel Resigns 

Paul E. Chappell has resigned as Director of Busi- 
ness Affairs at Grace Schools and as Manager of the 
Winona Lake Christian Assembly. The resignation will 
become effective at the end of his present contract on 
August 31. 

Mr. Chappell has been employed by Grace Schools 
since 1968 and has served as its business manager 
since 1971. His plans at present are uncertain. "His 
dedicated service in a most difficult task is deeply ap- 
preciated by the administration. We wish him God's 
richest blessing in his future employment," Dr. 
Homer Kent, Jr., president of Grace Schools, said. 

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THE APRIL 1979 HONOR ROLL is as follows: 

James Gault, Sr. 
Violet Gepfer 
Marguerite Henshaw 
Mrs. Alice Kirsch 
Mrs. Jan Heim 
Mrs. Ethel Cockrell 
Delbert Axe 
Mrs. Ruby Dickey 

Grace Eggleston 
Tom Schaeffer 
Dr. Floyd Taber 

Mr. and Mrs. Forest Shoemaker 
Miss Mabel E. Donaldson 
Mrs. Florence Thompson 
Rev. Nelson E. Hall 


Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Gonawein 
(50th Wedding Anniversary) 

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Maiuri 
(25th Wedding Anniversary) 

Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Dorman 
Eunice WMC, Glendale, California 
Eunice WMC, Glendale, CaUfomia 
Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Brand 
Rev. and Mrs. Richard G. Messner 
First Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio 
First Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio 
Brookville Grace Brethren Church 

BrookviUe, Ohio 
Mrs. Annie E. Carr 
Rev. and Mrs. John Burns 
Mrs. Floyd Taber 
P. Fredrick Fogle 
Mr. and Mrs. Virgil D. Springer 
Mr. and Mrs. Charlie T. Worley 
Barbara Hulse 
P. Fredrick Fogle 


Mr. and Mrs. James Crigger 
Mr. and Mrs. John Hamstra 
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Messner 
Rev. and Mrs. Richard G. Messner 

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Your Pastor 

If you have been a member of a local Breth- 
ren church for some years, you know that 
pastors come and pastors go. There are many 
good memories of the one who led you to the 
Lord or the one who dedicated your first 
child. There was the pastor who was present 
to comfort when a dear loved one went to be 
with the Lord. 

They have all had a good influence on you in 
so many positive ways. Some of those pastors 
are still active, but others are retired and some 

are now with the Lord. Brethren pastors face 
many of the same problems and questions 
that you do. 

What about those days when retirement 
comes? Certainly, the goodness of God will be 
there. But, will the material funds be avail- 
able? The Brethren Board of Ministerial Emer- 
gency and Retirement Benefits is working on 
plans which will be made known to you soon. 
When the plans come, will you be willing to 
give as those faithful pastors have given? 

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Reflections By Still Waters 

Charles W. Turner 


Happy Birthday, America! 

This country is now two hun- 
dred plus three, and time still 
marches on. It seems that just 
yesterday we were all preparing for 
the big two hundredth birthday 
celebration for America. Now we 
are two hundred and three years 
old, and aO of those special sou- 
venirs for the bicentennial year are 
selling at antique prices! (It's amaz- 
ing what time does for junk!) 

But as patriotic American citi- 
zens we cannot look back, but can 
only look forward. After aO, we 
cannot celebrate bicentennials 
every year. But this year's birthday 
seems so hard to celebrate. Every- 
thing, it seems, is faUing— except 
prices. And, in these past weeks we 
have seen tragedy upon tragedy. 
First, it was the Three Mile Island 
incident. Then, the crash of a 
DC- 10 in Chicago. It seems we will 
be hearing about jet problems for 
months to come— but that will soon 
cease; remember, Skylab is falling! 

Yes, "Chicken Little," the skies 
are falling. As I write, today's major 
discussions are no longer of Three 
Mile Island, or DC-lOs, but of the 
falling Skylab— a "mere" 79 ton 
U.S. satellite. When, exactly, it is to 
come down is of question; maybe 
sometime around mid-July. The 
warnings tell us of a large number 
of satellite debris raining down to 
earth, some of it weighing hundreds 
of pounds. But, the government of- 

ficials tell us not to panic, the 
chances are good that most every- 
one will be missed by the falling 
"particles." Besides, the govern- 
ment has insurance to cover any 
damage! (I would rest consoled in 
the government's statement, but I 
reahze these are the same people 
who are running the U.S. postal 
service, and for some reason I have 
some doubts about all the "com- 
forting" assurances!) 

So, while prices rise and radio- 
active dust falls, along with DC- 10s 
and Skylab, it is Happy Birthday 
America. This is a troubled time 
and it seems we lean toward seeing 

ehicken Little, 


and sensing all the negatives of life. 
But there are still so many good 
things that surround us in this 
troubled world. God has certainly 
not forsaken His promises, nor has 
He forsaken His people. There are, 
and always will be, negatives in this 
world, because there is sin in this 
world. It all started a long time ago 
and it will be that way until God 
takes over total charge sometime in 
the future, and brings an end to the 
folUes of sin. 

It is also easy to be negative to- 
wards the U.S. right now because 
we seem to be moving along a path 
without any direction. It seems no 
one is in charge, and if anyone is in 
charge they do not seem to know 
what is going on. 

But again, there are many posi- 
tives. Do you realize that now more 
people are hearing the Gospel of 
Jesus Christ in America than in any 
other time period? Through grow- 
ing churches, radio, TV, and more 
gospel literature than ever before, 
there is a flood of good 
preaching reaching today's 
people. Didn't we pray for a 
wider proclamation of truth? 
Shouldn't we be thankful that 
it is happening? Maybe our nega- 
tive outlook is so strong we can- 
not see God at work in America 

Certainly this country has its 
faults. We complain about the 
school system, and so forth. How- 
ever, there are more Christian day 
schools functioning right now than 
ever before. I agree, there is sin 
everywhere. Can you tell me a 
time when there has been no sin 
since mankind committed the first 

Yes, the skies may seem to be 
falling, but one of these days we 
will be rising! We will go past the 
troubled clouds and problems and 
be at home with Jesus. I know 
America is not all it should be, and 
I know it is not what it could be. 
While we are here, let's try to point 
more people towards our Christ and 
our heavenly home. 


Cover: by Camerique 


n i[li 

35 Years Ago- 1944 

East Fellowship of Brethren Churches met 
in Meyersdale, Pa., with a special emphasis 
on missions and evangelism. The speakers 
were J. Paul Dowdy, Jake Kliever and Pat 
Henry. . . . Robert Crees is now at Canton, 
Ohio, as the new pastor. . . . Building lots 
have been purchased at Marion and Forest 
Streets in Mansfield, Ohio-cost $1,500. 

15 Years Ago- 1964 

Lancaster, Pa., announces the dedication of 
the new church and an addition is already 
under construction. . . . Daniel Eshelman 
was installed as the new pastor at Findlay, 

5 Years Ago- 1974 

Dean Fetterhoff and Raymond Thompson 
have returned from a missions visit. Ger- 
many and France were involved in the trip. 
. . . The national WMC has donated a piano 
to Grace Village, Winona Lake, Ind. . . . Dr. 
Wayne Beaver has been appointed to assist- 
ant professor of missions and evangeUsm at 
Grace Schools. . . . William WiUard has been 
ordained to the Christian ministry. 


July 1979 

Volume 41 Number 7 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 

Artist, Jane Fretz 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickei 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 

Knute Larson. Foreign Missions: Rev. John 

Zielasko, Nora Macon. Grace Schools: Dr. 

Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 

Missions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer. WMC: Linda 


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Reply found on page 38. 
Dear Editor, 

Thank you for presenting the Beverly LaHaye interview in the May issue of the 
Herald. 1 was very happy to hear of Mrs. LaHaye's efforts to oppose the anti-Christian ef- 
forts of the "Equal Rights Amendment" people. 

Looking elsewhere in this issue [page 32] , I feel compelled to make a comment on 
Pastor Dick Sellers' tract, "Growing and Going On with Christ." Sellers recommends that 
all Christians tithe with Malachi 3:8-10 as the Scripture reference. 1 question the appli- 
cation of the 10 percent giving formula to Christians on two grounds: 

1) This command, as aU other commands to tithe, was given very specifically to the 
nation of Israel. (See Malachi l:l-"to Israel"; 3:1 -"temple"; 3:3-"sons of Levi"; 3:4- 
"Judah and Jerusalem"; 3:6-"sons of Jacob"; 3:9-"this whole nation." Also compare 
Leviticus 27:30 with 27:34.) 

2) The New Testament sets forth an entirely different giving program for behevers 
under grace. First Corinthians 16:2 says we are to give on the basis of how God has 
prospered us. "Prosperity" is based not only on income, but also on expenses. A couple 
with young children might find it quite difficult to give 10 percent of their income. Al- 
though another couple with grown children might find it very easy to give far more than 
10 percent of the same income. Second Corinthians 8:12 expUcitly tells us that God ac- 
cepts offerings based on what the person is able to give if his heart attitude is wiUing. 
This would apply to giving less than 10 percent of income if the person was in financial 
difficulties. Also, see 2 Corinthians 9:7 which indicates that giving is to be based on a 
personal decision of the individual, not necessarily on some arbitrary percentage of 

As Christians, we have been saved by grace and we are under grace. Let us also give 
by grace, as well as live by g^ace. -California 

July '79 


ass 1939 -^ 1949 A Decade off 

A Brethren Home Missions 
Photographic Series, Part I 

The gospel message reaches Clayhole, Kentucky ; 

Early pioneers. 
Pastor Jesse Hall, 
with family, 
establishes Grace 
Brethren Church 
at Bellflower, 
California; 1939 


and Dedication 

Cornerstone laying at Flora, Indiana; 1940 

WUliam H. Schaffer 

Former Home Missions 
Treasurer, 1939-1945 

The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council, Inc., a brand 
new organization in a brand 
new fellowship of churches 
and in a new headquarters, 
required a lot of deliberation, 
deUneation, determination 
and dedication. It took one 
year to formulate the Articles 
of Incorporation and By- 
Laws. The State of Indiana 
recorded September 3, 1939, 
as the date of incorporation. 

The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council for church ex- 
tension was a new concept to 
the Brethren. Previously a 
Missions Board incorporated 
both Foreign and Home Mis- 
sions. A new organization, 
within a new fellowship of 
churches, was without a 
home and without financial 
support, but did have a leader 
in Rev. R. Paul Miller who 
was chosen as the executive 

The office for Brethren 
Home Missions was originaUy 
established at Berne, Indiana, 
the home of the secretary. In 
those early years tent meet- 
ings were used extensively 
and R. Paul MiUer was the 
evangelist. With this combina- 
tion, the secretary was able to 
support his family; and with 
the evangelistic thrust of 
Secretary Miller, many of the 

new churches and new 
pastors were encouraged and 
challenged by his fervor. 

The first board of directors 
elected by the Corporation 
included R. Paul Miller, F. B. 
MiUer, E. H. Wolf, Roy A. 
Patterson, R. E. Donaldson, 
George Cone, WUham Jonan- 
son, Paul R. Bauman, Mrs. W. 
A. Ogden, Earl Reed, Ralph 
Rambo, OrvUle Lorenz, Cleve 
Miller, and myself. The first 
officers included Roy A. Pat- 
terson, president; R. E. 
Donaldson, vice president; 
WiUiam H. Schaffer, treasurer; 
and R. Paul MUler, secretary. 
The majority of these first 
board members are now with 
the Lord. Those remaining in- 
clude: George Cone, Paul 
Bauman, Mrs. W. A. Ogden, 
OrviUe Lorenz, and myself. 

From day one the philoso- 
phy in a nutshell has been to 
estabUsh missions-minded and 
Bible-centered churches in 
our Fellowship. The Articles 
of Incorporation have this 
philosophy spelled out in de- 
tail. With this new approach 
to church extension it has 
taken a process of education 
to raise offerings for this new 

As the treasurer of this 
newly formed organization all 
checks were signed by me 
personally. The first offering 
taken for the Brethren Home 
Missions Council was $ 1 16. 
With the office in Berne, Indi- 
ana, and the treasurer in Con- 
emagh, Pennsylvania, the 

July '79 

Ml ^^ ih A 

Early revival meeting 
at Grace Brethren 
Church, Hagerstown, 

Rev. R. Paul Miller, 
first executive secre- 
tary, participates in 
Maryland, ground 
breaking; 1942 

The Brethren Navajo Mission produces early 
results, 1946 

Brethren Messianic Testimony, Los 
Angeles, California; 1948 














checks had to be mailed from 
me to the secretary. Later 
when I moved to Berne, this 
made my job more conveni- 

Dr. Paul R. Bauman, one 
of the original directors, said 
in an article on the twenty- 
fifth anniversary of the 
Brethren Home Missions 
Council that prior to 1939 
"There was little vision in the 
Brethren Church for expan- 
sion. The change came when 
R. Paul Miller was brought in 
as field secretary. ... He 
brought with him the vision 
and energy which that pro- 
gram so greatly needed. Al- 
most immediately old 
churches were revived. New 
churches began to spring up 
under the pohcy of bringing 
into the home mission pro- 
gram capable young men with 
a Bible-teaching ministry." 

From the original eight 
churches that first year, and 
with the new churches that 
started springing up, by 1945 
there were 18 churches under 
the council. With this new 
organization and with its 
vision came the need for a 
much larger offering for 
Brethren Home Missions. Our 
Brethren people, seeing what 
was happening in this new 
church extension program, 
rallied behind the BHMC and 
became dedicated supporters 
in those early days and my 
job became much larger as 
the treasurer. 

Rev. R. Paul Miller felt 
called of the Lord to be a 
full-time evangelist. He re- 
signed in 1945 and followed 
his calhng. The board of 
directors was led of the Lord 
to contact Rev. L. L. Grubb, 
a successful pastor of a grow- 
ing home mission church in 
Hagerstown, Maryland. Dr. 
Paul R. Bauman and I were 
delegated to contact Mr. 
Grubb and bring him to a 
midnight session of the 
Board. We were able to get 
Mr. Grubb out of bed and ful- 
fill our mission. Mr. Grubb 
accepted the call in 1945 and 
served until 1965. Mr. Grubb 
brought with him the same 
evangelistic fervor and vision. 

The new secretary, L. L. 
Grubb, moved the office to 
Winona Lake, Indiana, and it 
consisted of two adjoining 
sleeping rooms in the West- 
minster Hotel. By this time 
there were 18 mission points 
to administer, with new ones 
being added each year. At the 
time I left the Board and 
turned the treasurer's job 
over to Mr. Roy Kinsey, Day- 
ton, Ohio, the home mission 
offerings were up to around 

When I accepted the call 
to the First Brethren Church, 
Spokane, Washington, in 
1945, Mr. Grubb became my 
boss and I served under 
Brethren Home Missions until 
1949. Under the leadership of 
Rev. L. L. Grubb, "The Gos- 
pel Truth" radio program was 
initiated and used by our new 
home mission churches and 
others of our Fellowship. 

The work of Brethren 
Home Missions had now ex- 
panded beyond church exten- 
sion. It was in this first 
decade that a missions work 
was started among the 
Spanish-Americans at Albu- 
querque and Taos, New 
Mexico. At about the same 
time the Brethren Navajo 
Mission came into existence 
in 1946. By the end of the 
decade in 1948, the Brethren 
Home Missions Council was 
responsible for starting our 
own Jewish Mission work in 
Los Angeles, California, 
under the direction of Rev. 
and Mrs. Bruce L. Button. 

At the close of the first 
decade, and under the lead- 
ership of L. L. Grubb, the 
roster of home mission 
churches had now reached 33 
and included Kentucky Mis- 
sions, Spanish-American Mis- 
sions, Navajo Missions, and 
Jewish Missions. The year of 
1949 recorded the largest 
home missions offering to 
date and totaled $95,415.25. 

The growth in mission 
points and responsibilities 
scattered over the United 
States necessitated the use of 
air travel to expedite the 
work. It was during this 
period that the secretary, L. 

July '79 1 

Gaining church planting experience— Dr. 
Lester E. Pifer, right foreground, pastors 
Fremont, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church; 

L. Grubb, took his training 
and became a licensed pilot 
and made use of a private 
plane to help do the job 
needed in reaching America 
with the Gospel. 

In reflecting back over 
these 40 years of Brethren 
Home Missions, I see so many 
ways in which the Lord led 
and directed our paths and 
especially as it relates to that 
first decade. God led in the 
selection of that original 
board of directors that in- 
cluded a Brethren attorney, 
Mr. Roy Patterson, who was 
used to formulate the Articles 
of Incorporation and By-Laws 
as well as serve as the first 
president of the Board. Our 
Lord led in the selection of 
leaders with vision and an 
evangelistic fervor such as R. 
Paul Miller and L. L. Grubb. 
He led in the transition of our 
Brethren people and churches 

to support a new type of 
church extension. He led in 
the preparation and caUing of 
personnel to meet the need of 
ministering to those early 
home mission points. He cer- 
tainly led in laying the bur- 
den of Brethren Home Mis- 
sions upon our Brethren 
people in the way they re- 
sponded to the financial 

As is said in marriage "the 
first year is the most difficult" 
would apply to the Brethren 
Home Missions Council. It 
would have been impossible 
without the Lord; but the 
fact that the BHMC was still 
in existence at the end of 10 
years is proof He was in it all 
the way and I am glad the 
Lord could use me to help 
estabhsh such a home mis- 
sions organization for the 
FeDowship of Grace Brethren 

rion Noul to Attend! 

The Brethren Home Missions Council's 

"40th Anniversary" / "A Bountiful Harvest" Banquet 

held: Tuesday, August 14, 1979 

at: National Conference, St. Petersburg, Florid 

Good Food, Historical Look At The Past, Fellowship and 

An explanation of "A Bountiful Harvest"— the most exciting and 

challenging church planting venture in the history of 

Brethren Home Missions! 

Banquet tickets— $6.50 per person; 
Reservations, with money, due to the Council by August 3, 1979. 

The Brethren Home Missions Council 

Box 587 

Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 


ly '79 

Missionary Called Home 

Miss Evelyn Fuqua, born in August of 1917, 
went to be with her Lord on May 17, 1979, at a 
Southern California hospital. A home mission- 
ary for 18 years at both Clayhole and Dryhill, 
Kentucky, Miss Fuqua will be greatly missed by 
those to whom she ministered. 

"Miss Evelyn," as she was so commonly 
known, was a product of the First Brethren 
Church in South Gate, California. Active in the 
youth groups there, she felt the call of God to 
prepare for missionary service. Her training was 
received at the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. 

Her missionary career in the Brethren 
Church began in Clayhole, Kentucky, in Sep- 
tember 1947. Elaine Polman and Miss Evelyn 
became staff missionaries with Rev. SeweU Lan- 
drum in this central Kentucky mission field. 
The SMM organization of the Brethren Church 
provided these girls with a jeep which was 
named "Jim," initials for Jesus is mine. They 
used this means to move up and down the hol- 
lows and creek beds to reach people who lived 
in more inaccessible places. Our missionaries at 
Clayhole were reaching 1 ,000 young people a 
week through the schools, visitation and in 
their church work. 

The Board of Directors of The Brethren 
Home Missions CouncU, at its annual meeting 
in August 1950, appointed Miss Evelyn to be- 
gin missionary work in Leslie County approxi- 
mately 50 miles southeast of Clayhole at Dry- 
hill. It was here along Hell-for-Certain Creek 
that the Dryhill mission Sunday school started 
with 35 in attendance. At first she lived with 
friends, but later the Lord provided her a home 
along the banks of Hell-for-Certain Creek. 

In 1953 the National SMM took the project 
to provide a small chapel at Dryhill. It was 
located on the top of a steep grade on the side 
of the mountain, constructed by much volun- 

teer labor and donated materials. The chapel 
was dedicated to the Lord's glory and service 
on October 4, 1953. 

Miss Evelyn, a true missionary, labored tire- 
lessly using Child Evangelism methods, teaching 
the Word of God. Baptismal services, com- 
munion services, and worship services were held 
by various visiting ministers or the Home Mis- 
sions Council secretary. During her tenure 
many improvements were made to the mission, 
a boys club workshop was built and the 
National WMC built the mission residence near 
the chapel after a flood had destroyed her 
home on Hell-for-Certain Creek. The Brethren 
Home Missions Council often expressed deep 
concern for her safety, as she worked all alone 
in her missionary service. Her response was al- 
ways, "Jesus is mine. He will take care of me." 
She is to be remembered for her fearlessness 
and faithfulness as a tireless enthusiastic pioneer 

In 1965 Rev. and Mrs. Marvin Lowery re- 
placed her at Dryhill when she felt that it was 
time "for a man to take the helm of this work 
and develop it into a growing church." 

Since 1965, she has served with great tenac- 
ity and dedication in the St. Thomas Island 
in faithful mission service. She returned to the 
mainland early this year (January 1979) when 
ill health forced her resignation. Four days after 
her return she suffered a stroke and was hos- 
pitalized until her home-going on May 17. Rev. 
Frank Coburn, pastor of the Los Angeles Com- 
munity Grace Brethren Church officiated at her 

The Brethren Home Missions Council is 
grateful for her life, dedicated talent, and faith- 
ful missionary service; a beautiful example for 
all of us to follow. 

July '79 

The Account^ 

for Your 

Larry N. Chamberlain 

Just the other day I read an 
article in the Wall Street Journal 
which reported that first-quarter 
profits "surged 37 percent." On 
that same page was another article 
reporting an increase in profits for 
General Motors in the amount of 
45 percent and an increase in 
profits for Ford Motor Company of 
27 percent. Another article on the 
same page described a few details of 
the proposed "windfall profits tax" 
which President Carter has designed 
for the oil industry. It is not sur- 
prising to find so many articles on 
profits because making a profit is 
the primary objective of a business 

Many of us are interested in 
profits and some of us even pay for 
professional advice to determine 
just where the most profitable in- 
vestments might be found. I receive 
mail almost daUy from firms which 
offer investment advice— for a cer- 
tain fee, of course. (Ironically, how- 
ever, I would probably pay more 
for the advice than I could ever 
earn from the investment!) 

The Bible speaks about profits. 
The advice is free and, unlike some 
investment advice, very rehable. 
The words come from none other 
than tliat famous financial coun- 
selor, the Apostle Paul. In his letter 
to the Philippian church Paul states, 
"I seek for the profit which in- 

creases to your account" (4:17 
NASB). From the context of the 
surrounding verses, we discover that 
the Pbilippian church was recently 
instrumental in providing for Paul's 
financial needs. Paul responds by 
assuring them that the gifts are not 
for his own personal gain, but 
rather for the profits of the Philip- 
pian church. As a result of those 
provisions, Paul is able to continue 
his ministry and the profits from 
his ministry will be credited to the 
accounts of those who supported 
him! Since Paul's ministry was that 
of spreading the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ and winning people to the 
Lord, we can infer that the 
"profits" were in terms of people 
won to Christ and not dollars and 

Consider this. In the terms and 
application of this portion of Paul's 
letter to the Philippian church, we 
who have accepted Christ as our 
personal Saviour are the profits of 
many who have made investments 
for the furtherance of the Gospel. 
No one can put a price tag on the 
value of our salvation in Christ. 
Paul, in that same letter makes a 
personal appraisal of the worth of 
his salvation: "I count all things 
to be loss in view of the surpassing 
value of knowing Christ Jesus my 
Lord" (3:8 NASB). To know Christ 
is great profit. To reject Him is 
great loss. Therefore, Paul invested 
his life in the ministry of bringing 
others to Christ. 

In other passages from Paul's 
writings, we learn that God has 
given many different gifts to many 
different people. I believe that a 
person can profit by investing his or 
her time and talents in the Lord's 
service, others can invest money 
over and above the normal tithe, 
and still others can make sizable in- 
vestments with a ministry of 
prayer. All should invest sacrificial- 
ly. In that respect, I refer you to 
the promise that Paul offers in re- 
sponse to the generous and sacri- 
ficial support of the Philippian 
church: "My God shall supply all 
your needs according to His riches 
in glory in Christ Jesus" (4:19 
NASB). Most of us have under- 
stood this promise in general terms 
and in various applications, yet the 
context would indicate that the re- 
cipients of this promise are those 
who have invested sacrifically for 
the purpose of spreading the gospel 

Each of us should examine his or 
her investment portfolio. Are we in- 
vesting a sacrificial portion of our 
time, talents, or finances in the 
Lord's work or do we seek all of 
our profits elsewhere? Whether it 
be at home or abroad, an invest- 
ment portfolio designed for the 
furtherance of the Gospel will yield 
immeasurable profits with the 
guarantee that our own needs will 
be supplied. Oh, that we might 
make investments which will yield 
profits in people for eternity. 

I July '79 

Mk jMA Ik. Mk Mk. 


Melting Pot" 

Clyde K. Landrum, pastor 
Clayhole Brethren Church 

"United we stand, divided we 
fall"— the motto for the state of 
Kentucky seemed appropriate on 
Saturday, April 28, when the youth 
groups of Dryhill and Clayhole met 
together at Clayhole for a day of 
fellowship ! 

The occasion was well planned, 
and the activity worked out well 
from start to finish. There was com- 
petition, but not a single match was 
"Clayhole versus Dryhill" nor "Dry- 
hill versus Clayhole." This was 
cared for by the first item on the 
program, when the boys were 
brought together and the girls 
gathered in their group for the 
purpose of getting acquainted. The 
groups were not allowed to break 
up until every boy knew every 
other boy, and every girl knew 
every other girl by his or her new 
name— "Jolly Joe," "Cool Karen," 
"Very Cool Karen," (there were 
two Karens present) "Jumping 
Johnny," and so forth, down the 
line. So, the two groups melted 
into one, with each person having 
his or her own identity. No one 
was conscious of being from 
Clayhole or Dryhill, but all felt 
they were just one happy group of 
Brethren young people. 

of Kentucky Youth 

Left to right: Sam Baer with Sammy— pastor at Dryhill, Betty Baer, 
Ruby Landrum and Clyde Landrum— pastor of Clayhole 

Sewell Landrum, longtime pastor 
at Clayhole (now retired), was 
there taking pictures, teUing jokes, 
and sharing in the fun. Sam and 
Betty Baer (new pastor and wife 
at Dryhill) brought their family, 
and were also accompanied by 
David Schulze (interim pastor dur- 
ing the winter months, and more re- 
cently youth director). Clayhole 
pastor and wife— Clyde and Ruby 
Landrum, and Mrs. Karen Abner 
(Clayhole youth director) hosted the 
occasion. In the competition, eat- 
ing, film-viewing, and just plain 
talking, these adults were hardly 
discernible from the rest of the 
young people. 

Left to right: Karen Abner, youth 
director at Clayhole; David Schulze, 
youth du-ector at Dryhill; Sewell 

At the end of the day, the con- 
census was that it had been a good 
day and a fine occasion. The feeling 
was, and is, that this type of fellow- 
ship is a necessity in holding our 
two groups together, and to help us 
grow. Already plans are underway 
for another such occasion with co- 
operative programs being planned 
on a long-range basis. Attendances 
at both churches are growing, and 
the groups are praying for new 
churches in the area, so that there 
might be a Kentucky District Fel- 
lowship of Grace Brethren 

July 79 




Isobel Fraser 

Brethren Messianic Testimony 

As the Jewish people in our area 
prepared for this year's Passover, 
the days were busy. The houses were 
cleaned from top to bottom. 
Special food was purchased for the 
Seder (the Jewish Passover ritual 
feast); and, among the orthodox, 
foods that are considered unkosher 
for Pesach went into the garbage 

Easter this year came in the 
middle of the week celebrated by 
the Jewish people as a remem- 
brance of the Lord's provision of 
deliverance from the bondage in 
Egypt by the hand of Moses. We re- 
joiced with them in this celebra- 
tion, but our heart's desire is for 
more of them to see the greater de- 
liverance that was remembered also 
at this time of the year. The Mes- 
siah has come to pay the penalty 
for sin. He is the true Passover 

In the Jewish Seder there are 
only the symbols of the sacrifice— 
the shankbone of the lamb and the 
egg. The central thought of the 
bibhcal Passover is "When I see the 
blood, I will pass over you" (Exod. 
12:13). There is no blood atone- 
ment ill Judaism today. They need 
to know the wonderful truth that 
the reason the animal sacrifices are 
not needed today is because Mes- 
siah has come and atoned for our 

' July 79 

I was able to share some of this 
truth one day in an unusual phone 
call. A Hebrew Christian to whom I 
had been ministering was living in a 
board and care home. Calling to 
talk with her, the lady of the home, 
after informing me that my friend 
was in the hospital, read me the 
"riot act." She felt that I should 
not contact this Jewess and that she 
would find in her own religion all 
the help she needed. 

As she vented her feelings on 
me, I learned much about this 
Jewess who had lived in Europe and 
gone through the holocaust. I sym- 
pathized with her in her sorrows 
and sought to share comfort from 
the Word of God. As we talked, her 
attitude changed— she became quite 
friendly. I shared with her some 
thoughts regarding Passover and its 
true significance. Then to my 
amazement she informed me that 
she wore a cross— but not where it 
could be seen. Also, when she was 
under psychiatric care, she had told 
the doctor that she knew a minister 
and that she was going to go to him 
for help. Pray for the Lord's guid- 
ance in future contacts with this 
dear Jewess and also for the needs 
of my Hebrew Christian friend. 

"Isobel, what's the Hebrew word 
for Jesus?" was the request on the 
phone. This was quite a surprise 
from this other particular Jewess, 
who had attended our meetings 
regularly for many years. However, 
because of Ulness, she has been able 

to attend very seldom the past few 
years. Though she Ustens as we 
share with her the Gospel and pray 
for her needs, there has been no 
response. She has told others that 
she does not intend to accept Jesus. 
This, of course, is the very common 
position of most Jewish people be- 
fore they come to recognize their 
need of salvation and that Jesus, 
their Messiah, is the Saviour. 

The reason for the question was 
that a sister and her husband, who 
are moving to Los Angeles, were 
visiting with her. She was telling 
them about our Bible class that she 
attended and what we taught. The 
answer was given her that Yeshua is 
the Hebrew name for Jesus. May 
this name in the future become 
precious because of beUef in Christ 
by this Jewess and her relatives 
whom I hope to meet. 

In recent months several old 
acquaintances have been renewed. 
One came through the sending of a 
Christmas card which brought a 
phone call and a luncheon date. 
Another came through death; the 
death of an only son. Since then 
this Jewess, a beUever but in need 
of being grounded in the faith, has 
been attending our Thursday adult 
Bible study. This widow has many 
problems due to the death of her 
son which adds to her burden of 
sorrow. I rejoice that she seeks 
spiritual fellowship and guidance, 
but she asks the eternal why. 

Through a contact given us for 

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our Shalom class, I met the ex- 
husband of a Jewess with whom I 
had had good rapport but of whom 
I had lost track. One day he told 
me that she was in the hospital for 
a cancer operation. I was able to 
visit her in the hospital and was 
warmly received. Again she openly 
responded as the Word of God was 
shared with her and an invitation 
was given to visit her in her home 
which now is in Santa Monica. 

There are also some interesting 
experiences through the van, or 
minibus as I prefer to call it. There 
is a "Dial-a-ride" setup sponsored 
by the City of Los Angeles that 
provides transportation for senior 
citizens at a nominal charge. A 
number of times I have been ac- 
costed as to whether or not I pro- 
vide such transportation. This gives 

opportunity to explain the purpose 
of our van. Contacts have been 
made that I trust can be followed 
up and bear fruit to His glory. 

One day I was stopped on the 
street by an elderly Jewess who 
asked for help regarding the mean- 
ing of a form letter she had re- 
ceived from the government. I was 
able to explain the purpose of the 
letter and to share the Word and a 
tract with her. Sometime later she 
called me about another form she 
had received. Since that time I have 
had the opportunity to visit with 
her in her home. I trust that in time 
she will attend some of our meet- 

At our last Shalom meeting, a 
Jewess who has been attending 
about a year asked a very important 
question. 1 thought that 1 had an- 

swered this question many times 
and in varied ways. 1 guess we need 
these questions to make us stop and 
reevaluate our teaching. What was 
this question? Her daughter, who is 
an atheist, wanted to know what it 
meant to be born again. I was more 
than happy to explain again; not 
only for this Jewess, but also for 
the whole class. Others too might 
need to have this precious truth 
made more clear to them. Permis- 
sion was asked to visit with her 
daughter to share and discuss this 
and other vital subjects. 

Well, this is a mixture of con- 
tacts and happenings here at The 
Brethren Messianic Testimony, 
known locally as Bet Emet (House 
of Truth). You are a part of it as 
you pray for us and these dear 
Jewish people. 

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Welcome to the Brethren Foreign Missions offices in Wi- 
ona Lake! We'd like you to meet our staff members and find 
out what each one does. What is our purpose? To serve the 
Lord, the missionaries, and you. 

Many of you have visited our offices, but perhaps some 
haven't. Let me tell you about our building. We have the 
privilege to work in commodious, pleasant, and convenient 
quarters in the Brethren Missions Building on Kings High- 
way. We share the buUding with our good friends, Breth- 
ren Home Missions, the Brethren Investment Founda- 
tion, and Brethren Building Ministries. 

Not far away are more good neighbors— the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Company, Brethren 
Christian Education, Grace Schools, and the 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church- 
besides many other Christian 
organizations in Winona 

Heading our staff for the past 13 
years is Rev. John W. Zielasko, 

general director. His 13 years as a 
missionary in Brazil before assum- 
ing duties in our office, have given 
him field experience enabling htm 
to understand missions from the 
point of view of the missionary and 
the national church. WhOe he has 
general oversight of the entire 
operation of the Society, Mr. 
Zielasko is responsible for the fol- 
lowing of mission policy estabUshed 
by the Board of Trustees of which 
he is a member. He works very 
closely with the field superintend- 
ents in seeing that strategies are de- 
veloped and pursued for the estab- 
lishing of Brethren churches over- 
seas. Periodic visits to the various 

mission fields for evaluation and 
counsel is a part of his responsi- 
bility. Mr. Zielasko has many speak- 
ing engagements in churches here in 
the States, too. 

Rev. Raymond Thompson as- 
sumed the position of Administra- 
tive Assistant after pastoring two 
churches in California. With this 

Rev. Raymond Thompson 

position comes multiplied responsi- 
bihty. He serves as candidate secre- 
tary, receiving the apphcations of 
potential missionaries, directing 
them through the candidacy 
process, and counsehng with them 
regarding their preparations and 
places of service. In this connection, 
he is the director of the annual 
Candidate School. As his title sug- 
gests, he has responsibilities in 
general administration of the 
Society which includes the con- 
tinual updating of the Missions 
Handbook, planning and staffing 
missions seminars, representing the 
Society in conferences, and other 
similar activities. 

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Rev. Jesse B. Deloe brings 11 
years of pastoral experience to his 
task as Director of Church Rela- 
tions. He endeavors to work closely 
with pastors and missions commit- 
teemen to assist the local churches 
in their missions emphasis. The rais- 
ing of personalized support for mis- 

responsible for the disbursement of 
FMS funds. He serves as controller 
of the Society and has general over- 
sight of the financial records, the 
budget, and all expenditures. The 
missionaries look to him for assist- 
ance in their financial and business 
affairs while they are out of the 

Georgia Eikenberry, assistant 
to the director of finance, has 
been employed here for 14 years. 
She is responsible for issuing re- 
ceipts for all gifts to FMS and keep- 
ing records on the support needs of 
missionaries. Miss Eikenberry keeps 
the missionaries informed about 
their support needs. 

Serving as the Director of Audio- 
Visuals is Rev. Gordon Austin. He 

has varied experience as an engineer 
for a radio station, a missionary to 
Argentina, and an ace photographer; 
all this suits him for his job. Mr. 
Austin helps the missionaries pre- 
pare slide/tape sets and advises 
them in their photography on the 

Rev. Jesse B. Deloe 







Mr. Stephen P. Mason 

sionaries is one of his jobs which is 
correlated with the finance depart- 
ment. His major responsibilities 
have to do with FMS relations with 
her supporting churches. Publica- 
tions, audiovisuals, conferences— 
anything that has to do with local 
churches and their contact with the 
Society are his interests. 

Mr. Stephen P. Mason, son of 
Dr. and Mrs. Harold Mason, gained 
experience as a missionary kid in 
Africa. As the Director of Finance, 
he works very closely with mis- 
sionaries on the field, since he is 

As a secretary, Mary Jane Witter 
works in both the finance and 
audiovisuals departments. In the 
finance department she does typing, 
filing, and correspondence along 
with all the keypunching for our 
computer files. In the audiovisual 
department Miss Witter types 
scripts, keeps records on and mails 
out sUde/tape sets to the churches, 
and does correspondence. 

Rev. Gordon Austin 

field. The numerous slide/tape sets 
Brethren Foreign Missions sends to 
our churches are produced by Mr. 
Austin. "Flash" Gordon, as some 
people call him, does all the pho- 
tography work, too. The photos ac- 
companying this article were taken 
by Mr. Austin. 

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Nora Macon studied English and 
Journalism in college which fitted 
her for the position of Publications 
Coordinator. Miss Macon writes and 
edits articles for all of the FMS 

dence and keeping itineraries. Mrs. 
McElhinney also assists Mr. Deloe 
in missionary conference planning 
and itinerations. Caring for official 
business— board minutes, Trustee 

publications including the Herald, 
Echoes, and Ac'cent. She also does 
design and lay-out for many publi- 
cations and brochures (prayer guide , 
missionary biography booklet). The 
missionaries depend on her to pre- 
pare their newsletters. Lately, she 
has had the opportunity to write 
slide/tape scripts. 

As Office Secretary, Alexis 
McElhinney is secretary to Mr. 
Zielasko, Mr. Thompson and Mr. 
Deloe. This includes correspond- 

Rev. Edward Bowman 

elections, corporation mailings— and 
supervising the mailing lists all fall 
into her area of responsibihty. 

Ella Male is the Receptionist- 
Secretary— the first person you 
might meet when entering our of- 
fices. Besides greeting our guests, 
she distributes the mail, types, and 
files. Mrs. Male also helps care for 
Missionary Helpers Club business 
and correspondence. 

Rev. Edward Bowman carries 
the title of Materials Secretary. He 
supervises the Xerox work, all mail- 
mgs, and supplies available to 
churches. If there's ever a question 
about how to mail something, he's 
the one to ask! Mr. Bowman also 
takes care of the physical properties 
of the missionary residence . 

Mrs. Ella Male 

We're glad you could meet all of 
us. Now if you ever have a question 
about Brethren Foreign Missions, 
you'll know which person to ask. 

It's been nice chatting with you. 
Next time you're in Winona Lake, 
be sure to stop in to see us. 


July 79 


War and Fighting 
but God's Work Continues 

Richard Harrell 

Did the Lord ever change your 
plans without any notice? Did He 
ever make it impossible for you to 
do what you had thought was es- 
sential? I don't mean that He made 
it merely difficult for you to accom- 
plish some task; I mean that He 
made it completely impossible for 
you to finish what you had set out 
to accomphsh. 

It can be a rather unsetthng feel- 
ing to wake up one morning and 
hear on the radio that there is a war 
going on in the country where you 
are living. I wasn't worried about it, 
because the fighting was at least 
700 kilometers away. But when I 
also found out that I would not be 
able to travel to the bush villages to 
meet with the pastors and the 
church members as I had planned 
to do, I faced just that situation. 
The Lord had made it impossible 
for me to do the ministry which I 
felt was necessary at the time. 

However, it didn't take me very 
long to realize that all this had not 
taken God by surprise. So I looked 
around and found something else to 
do. No, it was not just anything 
else. It was what He wanted me to 

I live at Bessao in the Republic 
of the Chad. At the present we 
have hundreds of family members 
who have returned to the tribal area 
because of the war near the capital 

of N'Djamena. To put it mildly, 
they are bored now that they are 
back in the bush. Since I can no 
longer make the trips I had 
planned, I find myself at Bessao 
with an opportunity to work 
among these young people. 

The work consists of visiting in 
town and getting to know the new 
arrivals. Some of them want to talk 
about spiritual things right off the 
bat, although sometimes it is only 
to ask a question one of their 
professors had used in a class to 
mock Christian teaching. Others 
are more reticent, and it takes 
several visits before they wUl open 
up to a discussion of their own 
spiritual needs. 

This is not what I had planned 
for my work in the Chad this year. 
But if the Lord feels that this is 
more important than what I had 
planned, then I am in complete 
agreement with Him. I must say 
that I do enjoy this work, and that 
the results are encouraging because 
there have been several people who 
have accepted the Lord and others 
who have returned to a closer walk 
with the Lord after having drifted 
away from the Christian principles 
they learned in the village. 

Bessao, located in the southwest 
corner of the Chad, used to be a 
quiet little village of 3,000 
inhabitants before the war broke 
out at N'Djamena. The village is 
still fairly quiet, but many more 

then 3,000 people live here right 
now. For example, one of the men 
in the village received 35 refugees in 
his house in one day. I suppose 
that is some kind of a record for 
Bessao, but it accurately describes 
the crowded conditions which are 
now the norm in the village. No 
one knows how long it will be 
before the refugees can return to 
their former positions in the north 
of the Chad or if it will ever be 

Under the current conditions, it 
is very difficult to make definite 
plans. However, there are a few 
things 1 would like to do. The 
biggest priority on my list at 
present is to learn to speak Laka, 
which is the local language. It is 
much harder than the Sango which 
I have already learned and in which 
our work is done. In some ways it 
may be harder than French, which 1 
studied last year. In any case, since 
Sango is not a recognized tribal 
language in the Chad and since only 
people who have some education 
know how to speak French, I feel 
that it is important that I learn 
Laka so I can communicate with 
everyone under any condition. 

I would appreciate your prayers 
for the work here in the Chad. We 
need a stable political and 
economic situation along with some 
peace and quiet on the local level. 
Only the Lord can deliver such 
conditions. Please pray! 

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John W. Zielasko 

A prominent missionary statesman wrote 
an article in 1971 for Christianity Today in 
which he stated that a decline in the number 
of American missionaries overseas could be 
the will of God for this time.^ 

Others felt that if Western missions was to 
continue at all, a new breed of missionary was 
needed. He must no longer be the doer or the 
pioneer but must go prepared to be the ser- 
vant of the churches abeady in existence. 

Still others were not satisfied even with this 
concession and called for a moratorium on 
missions, implying that American missionaries 
were no longer wanted or needed; they should 
pack up, return to their capitahstic-controUed 
countries, and leave the remaining task to the 

Missions, it appeared, was in serious trouble. 
It was not only implied, but emphatically 
stated that the age of pioneer missions was 
over and no new fields were left to conquer. 
The age of the national church had arrived 

and now nations could finish the job. 

Missionaries themselves were adversely af- 
fected by all the negative criticisms and the 
blatant change in mission emphasis. It is no 
wonder that some decided to bail out of a 
missions career before their lives were wasted 
in insigificant assignments; after all, it is one 
thing to be a slave of Jesus Christ (see Col. 
3:24) and quite another to be the servant of 
some national heaven-bent on a crusade 
against Western capitalism. But, of course, 
who would dare to give this as his reason for 
leaving the mission field? Even to think such a 
thought would brand one as unspiritual. 

So, a number of missionaries just finished 
out their terms of service and quietly entered 
some other ministry rather than returning to 
the field. The original reason for missions— 
that is, the alienation of man from God— was 
blurred, and the grooming and preening of 
national churches became the grand object of 
modern missions. The results were predicta- 
ble—a decline in mission candidates and a de- 
crease in mission giving. 

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To speak out against this trend was hazard- 
ous; one would be labeled as resistant to 
change and thus old-fashioned and out-of-step 
with the modern missionary movement or be 
tainted with the despised image of a defender 
of colonialism. But the pendulum of history is 
never still; sooner or later it swings in the op- 
posite direction. Now a refreshing breeze is 
blowing across the mission scene. Excitement 
and enthusiasm are again being generated in 
the hearts and minds of young people. 

Pioneer missions is not a relic of a bygone 
and hated colonial era after all. There are still 
fields to conquer, still peoples beyond the 
reach of the national church to be won for 
Christ. There is stUl work to do for all intrepid 
Christian missionaries (Western and non- 
Western) who have a "pioneer mentality"— 
may their tribe increase! 

Dr. Ralph Winter has done the evangelical 
Christian church a great service by succinctly 
stating the case in a pamphlet entitled Pene- 
trating the Last Frontiers. I take the liberty 
here to quote a lengthy passage to set your 

appetite for further reading on this important 

"We are no longer doing the 19th century- 
type of work despite the fact that there are 
now more non-Christians quite beyond the 
range of the normal evangehsm of any national 
church than ever before^-that is, there is still a 
great deal of 19th century work to do. The 
main difference in this century is that strong 
Christian churches are no longer to be found 
just in the West. There are now millions of 
Christians in the non-Western world; the prob- 
lem is, the very presence of the "younger" 
churches in the non-Western world is (without 
intending to) distracting and deflecting the 
mission mechanisms from their original pur- 
pose. We must acknowledge the fact that the 
existence of new churches in the non-Western 
world should occasion new obligations and 
existing relationships on the part of the 
churches back home. But its new dimension 
must not replace the earlier purpose of con- 
tinuing missions to new populations. Of 
course, church leaders back home, having 
gotten wind of the existence of churches over- 
seas, tend to identify more easily with national 
church leaders than with any continuing 
pioneer mission effort. And the people we 
now send overseas (whether or not we call 
them missionaries) no longer arrive in pitch 
darkness, but are today usually welcomed by 
the smiles and genuine affection of true Chris- 
tians. Quite naturally, in a foreign country, 
today 's missionaries are glad to live and work 
among Christians and find the non-Christian 
world both less visable and less appealing. 

"As a result, almost all the older boards 
and agencies are today almost entirely in- 
volved overseas with the kind of work, which 
in this country is normally called nurture, or 
at best, home missions. For example, an 
American missionary in Africa, should he not 
be involved in a school or hospital, is at best 
merely helping a national church to do 'local 
evangelism. ' Meanwhile, the precious product 
of our missions, the overseas national 
churches, remains for various reasons, far less 
aware of the meaning of the Great Commis- 
sion than do churches in North America. 
They are more likely to ask help with political 
oppression, just as we would in their place. 

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Even the missionaries do not recognize the 
distinction between: 1) the learning of a 
foreign language in order to help foreign local 
Christians do local outreach (or fight hunger, 
poverty, and oppression); and 2) the learning 
of a foreign language in order to reach people 
beyond the local outreach of the overseas 
national churches. 

"This is not to conclude what the vast 
flurry of activity of 37,000 U.S. overseas mis- 
sionaries shouldn't be, it is rather to empha- 
size that what we are now doing in 'missions' 
is extremely and uneasily different from what 
has always been intended by the classical mis- 
sionary movement. Indeed, the only justifica- 
tion for the present state of affairs would 
seem to be the total absence of the 'regions 
beyond. ' But, the regions beyond are still 
massive. "^ 

Please take note that Dr. Winter does not 
criticize what is being done nor does he call 
for a termination of the "good works" pres- 
ently employed by mission organizations. He 
does, however, very forcibly remind us of the 
great unfinished task. 

At long last, a missionary statesman with 
intellectual stature and the respect of most 
mission societies, has the courage to tell it as 
it is. Others have expressed similar thoughts, 
but no one has clarified the issues so sharply 
as has Dr. Winter. 

Brethren Foreign Missions, along with 
other evangehcal societies, needs to heed this 
clarion call to fulfill our priorities and raison 
d'etre. If we should ever be content with mere 
church development by concentrating all our 
funds, all our prayers, and all our personnel 
on the national church without reaching out 
to the three billion people found in thousands 
of tribes, castes, classes, and social and ethnic 
groups that are presently unreachable by 
existing churches, then we will have lost our 
missionary zeal and will be in flagrant dis- 
obedience to the Great Commission. We still 
need courageous, dedicated, committed mis- 
sionaries willing to tackle the tremendous 
challenge of pioneer missions. 

Eric S. Fife, "American Leadership in World Missions," 
Christianity Today, January 29, 1971. 

Ralph D. Winter, Penetrating the Last Frontiers, 1605 E. 
Elizabeth Street, Pasadena, California 91104. 

FMS Editor's Note: Yaloke is the 
liome of two schools: the James 
Gribble High School and the School 
of Theology. The high school has 
an African director and several Afri- 
can teachers. The School of Theolo- 
gy is taught entirely by mission- 

Vounda Moise 

I don't know exactly what the 
word "Africa" means to you. One 
tourist told me of his surprise the 
first time he visited the Central 
African Empire. When he was a 
student, he heard many stories 
about the continent and he hoped 
that he would see some tribes hunt- 
ing wild animals in the impene- 
trable jungle. This tourist was sur- 
prised when he landed at the 
modern airport in Bangui, and 
he sat down in the comfort- 
able bus that took him to 
the luxurious Hotel Safari. 
Present-day Africa shows two 
faces: the old primitive Africa, a 
society made of local tribes; and 
the new Africa, composed of west- 
ern civilization. 

Don't be surprised if I tell you 

July '79 

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that my grandfather was a cannibal. 
It was a beUef in gods with human 
form to whom were attributed the 
passions of men. The tribal chief 
would ask the gods what they 
wanted for food. Then a new initiate 
brought the meat he had prepared 
in answer to their request. In reaUty , 
it was human flesh, generally from 
an old man or a corpse brought 
back from an excursion into enemy 

former Yaloke student to receive a 
bachelor's degree. He will soon be 
returning to the CAE after having 
completed his medical studies in 
the United States. 

Joshua, the second son, came to 
Yaloke in 1964. In 1970, he re- 
ceived his bachelor's degree in 
Bangui, and then went on to com- 
plete his studies in the USSR. He 
has recently returned to Bangui, 

for me. "Where can I go from Thy 
Spirit? Or where can I flee from 
Thy presence? If I ascend to 
heaven. Thou art there; if I make 
my bed in Sheol, behold, Thou art 
there. If I take the wings of the 
dawn, if I dwell in the remotest 
part of the sea, even there Thy 
hand will lead me, and Thy riglit 
hand will lay hold of me" (Ps. 

The Fruit of Yaloke 

territory. The preaching of the 
Gospel has progressively eUminated 
this practice. 

I would like to teU you what 
happened when my father heard 
the Gospel. He had observed pagan 
rites from his childhood. As a 
young man he married and his wife 
gave him five children, but they all 
died. Many problems began to 
torment him. He decided to leave 
the village, making provision for his 
wife to follow him later. 

He arrived at Bassai, the first 
Brethren missionary station in our 
country. He was converted, and he 
burned his fetishes in public. Since 
that time he has faithfully served 
the Lord and served the mission- 
aries—cooking for them or taking 
care of their children. 

Just after his conversion in 
1946, another child was born to 
him and his wife in answer to his 
prayers. Four others followed. 
There were four boys and one girl. 

Now let me tell you about my 
brothers and the effect the schools 
at Yaloke had on them. Noah, the 
oldest, came to the EvangeUcal 
High School here at Yaloke. He 
went on to continue his studies in 
Bangui. In 1967, he was the first 

working at the new telephone con- 
trol center there as a communica- 
tion engineer. 

Caleb came to Yaloke in 1967. 
In 1972, he received his baccalaure- 
ate in Bangui. He has just finished 
his studies at the National School 
of Administrators. Now Caleb is the 
General Secretary of this school 
and is teaching there. He is married 
and has four children. 

I, like my brothers, came to 
Yaloke. After I had finished here in 
1975, I took the exam to go to the 
School of Theology, but I was at- 
tracted by the things of this world 
and went to Bangui instead. I had a 
harder life there than I had ever ex- 
perienced before. I was undisci- 
plined and without a sense of re- 
sponsibility. I didn't have Christian 
teachers and friends as I had had at 
Yaloke. My soul, unsatisfied, was 
always searching for the truth. My 
independent spirit controlled me 
for several years until my parents 
didn't know what to do with me. 

But God had a plan for my life. 
He was waiting for me 225 kilo- 
metres from Bangui. Here I must 
quote a passage from the Psalms 
which illustrates perfectly my run- 
ning away from God and His care 

This is what convinced me to 
come to the School of Theology. I 
am now in my third year, hoping to 
finish in 1980 or 81. I am married 
and have one child. The mind of 
God isn't always our mind, so I am 
not exactly sure what I will do 
when my studies are finished. 

God has obviously blessed our 
family. Thanks to the Evangelical 
High School and the School of 
Theology, we were able to get a 
good education. These schools an- 
swered many needs. They train for 
tomorrow, giving a solid Bible 
foundation. Through the courses of 
the School of Theology, the Chris- 
tian testimony can penetrate into 
all levels of society. I sincerely 
thank my teachers who devoted 
their lives to teach me righteous- 
ness, love, and the justice of God. 

In conclusion, I would like to 
send an SOS to all of you friends to 
pray for us because we are begin- 
ning to have the same problems 
that you have in your country, the 
young who rebel against their 
fathers. I hope there will be some 
volunteers who will come to help 
us, because the door is open to the 
Gospel. My colleagues, my family, 
and I wish you God's blessings. 

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The first stage of construction will include 32 beds with all the necessary 
services; and then a second progrann of 32 additional beds. A total of 64 beds 
will connplete the facility. This added dimension to the services of Grace Vil- 
lage has been a part of the original concept of the retirement center. 

Estimated cost is $420,932 

The Grace Village health care facility will be among the finest in the 
country. All state and federal regulations will be closely followed, and the 
Christian staff responsible for its operation will be capable and qualified. 

Gifts, annuities and investments are needed to cover the construction costs 
of the health care facility. A special fund drive is now being conducted, and a 
target date of October 14, 1979 (the fifth anniversary of occupancy of the 
first apartment in Grace Village), has been set for its conclusion. 

Endowment Fund will assist 
retired pastors and missionariei 

Grace Village is seeking to raise an endowment fund of $578,565 for 
health care assistance of retired pastors and missionaries from the Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches. The income from this endowment fund would ' 

assist in underwriting costs in the new unit for approved persons who would 
have financial needs. 

A target date of October 14, 1979, has also been set for the completion of 
raising the endowment fund. If every member of the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches gave $10 toward the construction costs and $15 for the 
endowment fund, the needs would easily be met. 

What can you do to help? First of all, make these plans a priority on your 
prayer list. All of us know or have known those pastors or missionaries with 
physical problems and dwindling resources (or no resources at all) during re- 
tirement years. The health care facility would not only be a great feature for 
village residents, but also a place where God's servants could obtain nursing 
care. Secondly, ask the Lord what He would have you do to help this impor- 
tant ministry of our fellowship of churches. Gifts . . . investments . . . annui- 
ties ... all are important to help reach the goal. 

0*1/0 pA/UjfiA/fui coiiii/i/e/tfttLOii. 

A Children's Story 


Robert Kem 

Christopher lay quietly on his 
bed. Outside, the birds sang at early 
dawn. School was out and so 
Christopher had no reason to hurry 
in getting up. 

Then a thought popped into his 
head. Some of his friends said that 
yesterday they saw the prophet 
from Nazareth. "I wonder," 
Christopher said to himself, "if I 
could see Jesus today." 

Out of bed he popped and 
quickly slipped on his tunic robe. 
He hurriedly splashed some water 
on his face. 

"Hi," Christopher said to his 

"What gets you up so early?" 
she asked. "You must be anxious to 
do your chores." 

"Well, not really," admitted 
Christopher. "You know, yesterday 
Levi and Silvanus said they saw the 
prophet from Nazareth that every- 
one has been talking about." 

"Really?" his mother said, try- 
ing not to act too excited. 

"Yes, Mother," said Christopher. 
"Do you think I might be able to 
see if 1 can find Him today?" 

"Christopher, that sounds like a 
great idea. I'll pack you a special 
lunch and that way you won't have 
to worry about coming home to 
eat." So his mother quickly chose 
five small barley loaves and two 
small fishes-just right for a boy his 

As Christopher sped out of the 
door, he clutched his lunch in his 
hand. His mother called, "Remem- 
ber, Christopher, we will be ex- 
pecting you before dark." 

Christopher ran down the street, 
as his heart pounded with excite- 
ment. Suddenly he saw two of his 
friends playing marbles. 

"Come join us," they called. 

"No," said Christopher, "I don't 
have time today." 

When Christopher got closer to 
town he wondered to himself where 
he might find this great prophet. 
While he was thinking, two rabbis 
passed. They were talking loudly, 
and sounded almost angry. Christo- 
pher nervously approached the two. 
Then the one rabbi noticed the 

"What do you want lad?" he 
roughly asked. 

"It's about the prophet, sir, 
from Nazareth," stated Christo- 
pher. "Have you seen Him today?" 

"No," exclaimed the cruder of 
the two rabbis. "I don't know why 
anyone would waste their time 
hstening to Him." 

Maybe, Christopher thought, he 
should have stayed home and 
played marbles. 

Although disappointed, he 
turned on his way. Prospects of 
finding Jesus dimmed as he passed 
through the market in the main 
part of town. Stopping at the 
stands of one of the kinder mer- 
chants, he asked, "Sir, have you 
seen Him?" 

"Seen who?" the merchant ques- 

"You know, the prophet from 
Nazareth," answered Christopher. 

"Oh, some women were here 
earher, and they reported He was 
last seen north of town." 

"Thanks," said Christopher, as 
he went on his way. 

As the boy turned on the road 
which led north out of town, he 
met a throng of people. Everyone 
was talking about the same thing 
and hoping they would get a chance 
to see the prophet from Nazareth. 

Suddenly, the road jogged to the 
left and there, seated on the hill- 
side, were thousands of people 
waiting to hear the Lord Jesus. 

Christopher jostled through the 
crowd until he found a spot on the 
hillside just right for a boy his age. 
StiE tightly clutching his lunch, he 
gazed into the eyes of the prophet 
who had already healed so many. 
Then Jesus opened His mouth and 
began to teach. 

The huge crowd grew very quiet. 
Jesus' teachings were so plain, and 
His eyes were so kind. Christopher 
intently Ustened. 

Suddenly, a large burly disciple 
approached Christopher and said, 
"Son, Jesus has sent me to ask you 
if you would give your lunch to 

Christopher gulped and asked, 
"Me? My lunch?" 

"Yes," the disciple blurted. 

"I will gladly give Him anything 
I can," answered Christopher, 
knowing his mother would be 

Then Christopher watched. Jesus 
didn't eat the lunch. He began to 
slowly break the lunch, and then 
prayed. Soon everyone in the 
crowd was eating. A disciple ap- 
peared in front of Christopher 
handing him some food, and then 
he was eating too. Christopher 
remembered, "I gave Jesus a little 
to eat, and now look at how much I 
have received in return!" 

Soon the crowds began to leave 
and Christopher found himself 
walking a lonely road home. 

It was nearly dark when Christo- 
pher slid under the gate. As he ex- 
pected, his mother was there wait- 
ing. With excitement, Christopher 
told her the story. 

Late that night, Christopher laid 
on his bed in his room. The sky was 
still and dark, and the stars shown 
through. God was very near to 
Christopher. Before he fell asleep, 
Christopher said, "If He can do that 
with my lunch, just think what He 
will do when I give Him my life!" 

f^ July '79 

How people get to church. . . 

Can You Believe This? 

A recent poll (did you ever get polled?) tells us how 8,000 
people throughout our 50 states got to church: 
.0001% Crusades or TV programs 

1— 2% Visitation program 

2— 4% Church program 
4- 6% Walk-ins 

6— 8% Through pastor 
70—90% Through friends and relatives 
Now that says a lot about all of us 

— keeping our web of friends and relatives growing 

— talking about church in a positive way in our contacts 
with them 

— inviting them and coming with them so they feel at home 
Does it also mean we scratch the first four avenues and put a 

contract out on the pastor? 

No way, no how. 

Those other ways help with exposure, pre-invitation, and the 
positive experience when the people get there. 

The poll might read differently if the question was "Why did 
you go back the second time?" 

But you can be sure that high on the list then would be the 
warmth and joy of the people at the church, not just the friends and 

Nevertheless . . . 

For sure . . . 

This survey, and similar ones not absurd in difference, tells us: 

y Don't depend on your ads or programs to bring people in 
without your help. 

y Don't hire a pastor as The Long Ranger who does it all for you! 

y Keep visiting, but concentrate on friends and relatives. 

/ Don't fight with your mean uncle! Invite him to church. 

GBC Christian Education 

Box 365, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Phone: 219/267-6622 

Pastor Knute Larson, Executive Director 
Ed Lewis, Director of Yout/i l\4inistries 

hoping to help in Christian ed, 
youth, and church growth 


My friend went over to thank the organist 
and to tell her what a terrific job she had done 
playing for the service. 

Her reply was, "Oh, don't thank me. It 
wasn't me— it was the Lord!" 

"Oh no, no," my friend said, "it wasn't tiiat 

And he was probably right! 

Which reminds me about responsibility— a 
big word. I am responsible for my choices. 

You, for yours. 

And we don't mix up the two. 

Each will give account for his life. 

It seems like if everyone in the church knew 
that, there would be a whole lot more righteous- 
ness and ministry happening! 

Not a 

Recently Ed and I con- 
ducted a seminar for Grace 
guys interested in staff pas- 
toring, as an associate or 
assistant or youth pastor. 
The crowd was not large— 
not too many want that 

And not too many 
churches feel ready for a 
second (or third) staff 

Could we just push it, 

Many times two can do 
more than twice what one 
can do. Maybe it's because 
they can make up for each 
other's weaknesses. Could 
be they support and psych 
each other up! 

Studies say a church 
needs a pastoral staff for 
every 150-200 people regu- 
larly attending. Somewhere 
above that you're saving 
money but hurting a man. 

It always used to be 
that one man did every- 

thing as the pastor. Often 
he reached his and the 
church's optimum growth, 
and the "status-quo" 
disease set in. Many pastors 
did exemplary, amazing 
jobs and got many people 
in the church involved in 

And that is the goal! 

The more pastors you 
have, ideally, the more 
"ministers" (active Chris- 
tians) from the church you 
get involved! 

July '79ii 

Two for Sure: 

Two people you can count on. 

CE wants to stop and honor two 
faithful, consistent youth and Chris- 
tian ed people in Harrah, Washington. 

Harold and Laura Peugh. 

Parents of Maurice, an elder in the 
Presbyterian Church In Yakima, Wash- 
ington; Roger, Grace Brethren Church 
missionary in Stuttgart, Germany; and 
Maxine, active In music and personal 
ministries and wife to Jim Currie, ad- 

They are dear hearts. 

Strong people. 

Loving leaders. 

People who watch them, see lives 
filled with the interests of others and a 
car filled with kids. 

Maxine said, "My folks take special 
interest in singles without family, 
widows and special children. There 
have been times when groceries have 
been delivered to many and there have 

Pastor Chuck and Marylin 
Laura Peugh, part of the team 

ministrator of the Christian School 
and minister of music at GBC, Ash- 
land, Ohio. 

But they have a bunch of other 
children and grandchildren all over the 

Their teaching and youth sponsor- 
ship (1948-73) and consistent life style 
for Christ have made a big difference 
in many lives. Thirty-three people have 
gone from that church to Grace Col- 
lege or Seminary. 

Roger recalls, "Faithfulness was 
leaving Grandma's eighty-fifth birth- 
day party to be at the youth meeting— 
and being there twice every week 
whether five or fifty come. 

"Not flashy programs but faithful 
commitment to their responsibilities 
through the fat and lean years left its 
deep mark on my life." 

= ~ir July '79 

Winter, with Harold and 
at Harrah. 

been as many as 10 children in the car 
going to church." 

Mrs. Peugh taught school for 17 
years in Harrah, and Mr. Peugh was 
postmaster for 38 years. Their general 
store was just one block from the Har- 
rah Brethren Church, the church they 
have supported so faithfully. 

"I weighed a lot of the kids on the 
post office scales when the children 
were small, and later got to weigh a 
second generation," Mr. Peugh writes. 
"Being permanent and available meant 
a lot to the kids." 

Their official youth program for 
the church was Thursday evening, 
called "Power House." Games and 
songs and a speaker and over 500 
pounds of popcorn were included. 

Once a year they would go to 
Mount Rainier to climb, worship, and 

eat. One week each year the y 
were responsible to lead all ch 
activities. One Sunday the gradu 
seniors would speak for the a.m. 

They competed with the pror 
having a graduation party and b 
que in May. 

And their "Project X"— money 
brought to church for pop and c 
helped buy: new song books . . 
tables ... a speaker system . . . ch 
signs . . . shuffle board . . . three s 
arships to students attending Grac 
play equipment for Africa . . . ele 
heaters for camp. . . . 

Church Ministries People 
Since Peugh Involvement: 

Maxine Peugh Currie— Churc 
Music, Education 

Rev. Don Farner- Pastor 

Rev. Tim Farner— Missionar 

Glen Ferguson— Wycliffe Trans- 

Rachel Smithwick Getman- 
Missions, Canada 

Kathy Smithwick Harris— Mi 
sionary, New Guinea 

Richard Jensen— Christian Edi 

Bruce Paden— Missionary, Afric 

Linda Paden Mensinger— Mis- 
sionary, Africa 

Rev. Roger Peugh— Missionar 

Rev. Larry Smithwick— Pastor 

Many others are active in loc 
churches, including Harrah, i 
leaders-servants in various ways 

The Roughs 

Many district activities were led by 

"Uncle Harold," as many called 
n, has also served as trustee, teacher, 
uth director, minister of visitation, 
d moderator, which he is currently. 
Mrs. Peugh also has been SMIVl 
der, youth director, trustee, choir 
|der, WMC leader, treasurer and solo- 

i Their cars should also be praised. 
ie station wagon they owned while 
tiger and Maxine were in high school 
:>k on 120,000 miles, about 75 per- 
t|it church related. "Dad saw it as a 
dI of his ministry," Roger said. 

Pastor Chuck Winter at Harrah 
treasures their involvement and exam- 
ple. So have all the other pastors of 
this productive church. 

IVlaxine characterized her parents: 
"A special policy practiced was: if you 
do a job, do it well and finish it. Also, 
faithfulness to church was not a ques- 
tion—it was a way of life." 

"What's mine is yours, if you need 
it, is the way our father lives," Roger 

Now that's worthy of special 

Here are two people you can count 

At Mount Ranier, September 1955 The Peughs'own, 
Maxine and Roger, are in the first row 

Church Ministries People 
From Harrah Brethren 
Before Peugh Involvement: 

Rev. Clarence Church-Wycliffe Translators 

Dr. Robert Culver— Pastor, Seminary Professor, Author 

Rev. Nile Fisher— Pastor 

Rev. Jim Kopp— Missionary, Africa 

Elaine IMorrell Rodriguez— Missionary, Columbia 

Errol Templer— Campus Crusade 

Marcia Lowe Wardell— BFMS Secretary, now in heaven 

Q^C Cli/tisUan Education 
tlianfes you 

^o/i you/I jjimmiafl suppo/tt 
in our special months 

for CE giving. 

Thank you for 
consistent support 
all year. 

We need it. 

We use it carefully. 

We thank the Lord, 

and appreciate you. 

"Walk Thru the Bible'' 

Seminar at CE Convention 

Dr. Henry Brandt 

Guest CE Speaker 

Aivards and Honors 

August 12-14, 1979 



777/s works for us! 

an idea for ultimate use of Sunday school 
teachers from Pastor Galen Wiley, 
Minerva, Ohio 

Your Teachers 

How'd you like to have six sharp men 
as adult Sunday school teachers in a 
church of 125; and that's not counting 
the pastor. 

It happened this way at Minerva Grace 
Brethren. When our one adult teacher 
felt the pressure of weekly preparation, 
we got two other men to rotate with him 
on a monthly basis. And now we've 
added three more men. 

It's exciting! Gives great variety! 
Each stimulates the other! Avoids ruts! 
Releases these men for other key 
ministries too. 

Do you have a tested and workable idea 
to share? Send it to "This worl<sfor us!" 
GBC Christian Education, Box 365, 
Winona Lal<e, IN 46590. 


Time Workers 

Whittier, Calif 
Whittier, Calif. 


Tom Betcher 
Denise Hammond 
Carol Henry 
Peggy Paulo 
Scot Shaffer 
Mark Summers 

Worthington, Ohio 
Columbus, Ohio 
Norwalk, Calif. 
Rittman, Ohio 
Hastings, Minn. 
Andrews, Ind. 


David Hocking Long Beach, Calif. 

Rhoda Leistner 
Kathy Kincarte 
Ben Taylor 
Janet Walker 
Connie Whitcomb 

Berne, Ind. 
San Bernardino, Calif. 
Bellflower, Calif. 
Winona Lake, Ind. 
Winona Lake, Ind. 


Diane Johns Dlllsburg, Pa. 

Debbie Myers Winona Lake, Ind. 


Steve Garcia Whittier, Calif. 


Kathryn Carnero Goleta, Calif. 

Vicki Christie Goldendale, Wash. 

Sandra Huntley Glendora, Calif. 

Marcia Rico St. Petersburg, Fla. 


Janis Bagley Whittier, Calif. 

Carol Frey Wrightsville, Pa. 

Jesus Velasquez Whittier, Calif. 

Joanne Zeebuyth Mabton, Wash. 


Mindy Franchino Winona Lake, Ind. 
Brenda Kent Waynesboro, Pa. 

Spring, 1979 
Timothy Teams 

Director of T. T.— Brian Roseborough 
To: Alto, Michigan 

Simi Valley, Calif. 

DON'T MISS mis. . . 
"''Ohe 'Spirit of (Bhp" 



Especially for Sunday school ...butan all-church emphasis 
to start the new church year with gusto! 


The Holy Spirit is the subject, student handouts 
available for each lesson. Learn carefully in a good 


Positive and strengthening studies on the Holy Spirit 
and the Christian walk in the morning, and on "Pain: 
Don't Kill Its Purpose" for evenings. 

Both have drawing power for sure! 


1979 Operation Barnabas Teams 


Leaders: Ed Lewis, Judy Astiman 

Brian & Crystal Roseborough 
Brenda Aumiller Milroy, Pa. 


Leaders: Kevin & Tina Muggins 
Bruce & Christi Barlow 
Kathy Kent 

Karen Ball 
Rick Barker 
Val Byers 
Mitch Cariaga 
Donna Fluke 
Sue Rockwell 
Cathy Thieme 
Dan Thornton 

Rialto, Calif. 
Winona Lake, Ind. 
Rialto, Calif. 
Winona Lake, Ind. 
Ankenytown, Ohio 
Ankenytown, Ohio 
Sunnyside, Wash. 

To: Fort Wayne (Grace), Ind. 

Shirley Brinson Virginia Beach, Va. 

Dave Brown 
Kim Brown 
Deanna Dennis 
Mary Jones 
Janice Manion 
Debbie Myers 
Marshall Noriega 
Dave Rosner 
Ginny Toroian 
Brad Trottman 

Goshen, Ind. 
Goshen, Ind. 
Aiea (Waimalu), Hawaii 
Winona Lake, Ind. 
Simi Valley, Calif. 
Winona Lake, Ind. 
Bellflower, Calif. 
Uniontown, Pa. 
Winona Lake, Ind. 
Roanoke (Ghent), Va. 

Brian Ardrey 
Denise Beach 
Peter Bitner 
David Blough 
John Boal 
Laurie Bright 
Stephanie Cooper 
Ann Deane 
Tracy Friddle 
Mark Gilgan 
Janette Henry 
Susan Johnson 
Rob Leoffler 
Gena McMaster 
Deanne Milter 
Troy Phillips 
Tim Poyner 
Gordon Shuler 
Debra Smith 
Christine Sparling 
Valerie Thomas 
Shawn Tucker 
Mike VanMeter 
Steve Winey 
Kristine Yoder 
Caria Yost 

New Florence, Pa. 
Martinsburg, Pa. 
Hagerstown, Md. 
Stoystown, Pa. 
Connellsville, Pa. 
Mansfield, Ohio 
Vinton, Va. 
Winona Lake, Ind. 
Canton, Ohio 
Hillsboro, Oreg. 
Norwalk, Calif. 
Washington, Pa. 
S. Daytona, Fla. 
Omaha, Nebr. 
Hollsopple, Pa. 
LeGrand, Iowa 
Hagerstown, Md. 
Kenai, Alaska 
West Salem, Ohio 
Auburn, Calif. 
Akron, Ohio 
Ashland, Ohio 
Winchester, Va. 
Orrville, Ohio 
Lititz, Pa. 
Beaverton, Oreg. 

Tom Barlow 
Grace Black 
Steve Bright 
Steve Broyles 
Steve Cooper 
Dave Embaugh 
Christine Fink 
Laurie Funk 
Kelly Gillis 
Carolyn Hadano 
Robert Holman 
Jim Lantz 
Brian Long 
Jeff Lukkes 
Sharon Mason 
Dave McClellan 
Adriene McLeary 

Worthington, Ohio 
Bellflower, Calif. 
Mansfield, Ohio 
Anderson, S. C. 
Vinton, Va. 
Blacklick, Ohio 
York, Pa. 
Greencastle, Pa. 
Simi Valley, Calif. 
Aiea, Hawaii 
Spokane, Wash. 
Middlebury, Ind. 
Ashland, Ohio 
Kent, Wash. 
Warsaw, Ind. 
Kent, Wash. 
Johnstown, Pa. 

Tatjana Mecaughey Camp Hill, Pa. 

Marianne Miller 
Karia Neer 
Kerry Noon 
Sandra Sayne 
Jeff Singleton 
Beth Smith 
Gregg Straits 
Tina Takeuchi 
Doug Thomas 
Linda Winey 

Alexandria, Va. 
Ashland, Ohio 
Fort Myers, Fla. 
Mineral Point, Pa. 
Delaware, Ohio 
Martinsburg, Pa. 
Ashland, Ohio 
Aiea, Hawaii 
Meyersdale, Pa. 
Orrville, Ohio 


To: Trotwood, Ohio 

Leaders: Kevin & Tina Muggins 
Scott Franchino 
Doug & Carol Clevengen 

Danor Denbo Dave McNeal 

Darlene Fisher Doug Neer 

Dave Friddle Connie Petty 

Carmen Garling Letha Wilson 

Janet Keener 

All members are from Ashland, Ohio 

July '79 











A - 

Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 

Knute Larson 

Norma Dove 

B - 

Simi Valley, Calif. 

John Gillis 

Harold Ball 


C - 

Dayton, Ohio (First) 

Forrest Jackson 

James Eadler 

D - 

Columbus, Ohio (East 


Randy Bowman 

Robert Hanchey 


E - 

Modesto, Calif. (Big Valley) 

David Seifert 

Harlan Vanden E 

F - 

Norton, Ohio 

Robert Combs 

Dwight Stair 


G - 

Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Thomas Inman 

H - 

La Verne, Calif. 

Donald Carter 

James Wilkin 


1 - 

Bowling Green, Ohio 

Ronald Boehm 

Rick Petty 


J - 

Ewa Beach, Hawaii 

Clifford Coffman 

Rick Simafranca 

N - 

New Albany, Ind. 

Russell Simpson 

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Jtisstonary ^iriMays 

JUNE 1979 

(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 28 and 29 
of the 1979 Grace Brethren Annual.^ 


Miss Rosella Cochran September 1 

Miss Ruth Snyder September 8 

Mrs. Don Hocking September 1 1 

Agnes Aellig September 24, 1968 

Mrs. Gilbert Aellig September 25 

Miss Lila Sheely September 30 


\ Mrs. Mark Henning September 9 

j c/o The Tim Farners 
Jay Andrew Farner September 19, 1974 


Mrs. Walter Haag September 1 1 


Caryn Michelle Schrock September 22, 1977 


Mrs. Loree Sickel September 10 

Mrs. Eddie Miller September 1 8 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 


GOAL - $7,000 

Operation and Publication Offering 

Due - September 10, 1979 


«^ffte Lotd 

wmc oKiciarg 

Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Hwy., Winona Lal<e, 
Ind. 46590 

1st Vice President- 
Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) Risser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

2nd Vice President- 
Mrs. Walter (Emma) Fretz, 413 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 2065 Lefevre Road, Troy, Ohio 45373 

Assistant Secretary- 
Mrs. Tom (Donna) Miller, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 

Mrs. Tom (Geneva) Inman, 2244 Fernwood Dr., Colorado 
Springs, Colo. 80190 

Literature Secretary- 
Mrs. Lloyd (Mary Lois) Fish, Box 265, R.R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46590 

Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R. R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, 
Ind. 46580 

Prayer Chairman- 
Mrs. Harold (Ada) Etiing, 803 Esplanade, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Mrs. Marguerite Tresise 

July '79 I 

— Tradition is great but shouldn't be binding. 
Check the reasons why you do things the way 
you do in WMC meetings, and socials. Maybe 
this would be the time to start a new tradition. 

— Summer seems to be moving right along. 
Correct? With time moving, perhaps people are 
as well. It would be a good thing to check with 
your BSLV student and see what current plans 
are for the fall and any address changes as well. 
This will serve as a cushion for all those un- 
answered letters and boxes that sometimes go 

— While you're harvesting all those good 
things from your garden, share them with a 
lady in church who does not attend WMC and 
offer an invitation as well with the goodies. 

— Weed impatience, lack of concern, tardi- 
ness, gossip, and needless repetition from the 
WMC garden. 

— When your new program packet arrives, 
distribute introductory pages to officers who 
will need them. Make notations of all deadUnes, 
offering, statistical blanks, and so forth, for 
future benefits. 

— Make preliminary plans to attend your 
district fall rally or retreat. Remember the 
blessing from last year or else remember what 
others said you missed. 

— When children are playing in your yard, 
sow the seed of kindness and God's love in their 
hearts and show them the way to reap God's 

The sky is blue. The aspen leaves flip and 
rustle in the breeze and the white marsh- 
mallov/ clouds move silently by my window. 
But yet another day and a new scene emer- 
ges—the same sky, this time it is steel gray; 
the same trees, this time bending in the gusts 
of wind; clouds, but this time dark and fore- 
boding bringing moisture to the ground. And 
the God who created and caused all these 
things to happen is my God and my Lord. 

"O Lord, our Lord, 

How majestic is Thy name in all the earth 

Who has displayed Thy splendor above the heavens! 

From the mouth of infants and nursing babes Thou 

have established strength. 
Because of Thine adversaries. 
To make the enemy and the revengeful cease. 
When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers. 
The moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; 
What is man, that Thou dost take thought of him? 
And the son of man, that Thou dost care for him? 
Yet Thou hast made him a little lower than God, 
And dost crown him with glory and majesty! 
Thou dost make him to rule over the works of Thy 

Thou hast put all things under his feet. 
All sheep and oxen, 
And also the beasts of the field. 
The birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea. 
Whatever passes through the paths of the seas. 
O Lord, our Lord, 
How majestic is Thy name in all the earth! 

(Ps. 8 NASB) 

= Ojuly 79 


Linda Hoke 

In the process of being a mother we have to 
remember continuously that our child's adult 
hfe will endure most probably many years 
longer than the short span that they spend 
under our roof as minor children. We need to 
be buUding bridges that will last past the matur- 
ing process. I'm a fine one to be telling you 
because my building is still being done on an 
experimental basis— with an eight year old and a 
five-year-old set of twins. I'm not certain that 
my bridges will stand the test of time, if they'll 
be the rickety, wobbly rope variety, or the steel 
framed majestic masterpieces strung across a 
large body of water. But even with the former, 
I'm sure that the builder didn't just nail the 
supports to a tree or even tie them there with- 
out some calculations as to what would be the 
best answer for that individual situation. We as 
moms must do the same. We can't treat all our 
children alike. 

Just because we don't know how our bridges 
will turn out, shouldn't keep us from trying our 
best to build good ones. It's a challenge— we 
might even surpass the Golden Gate. If we meet 
each need to the best of our ability-with God's 
help— our bridge will be under construction. 

I have an acquaintance whose ten-year-old 
daughter enters the home each evening after 
school calling to her mother, "HeUo, friend." 
What a joy to that mother to know already that 
her bridge is passable. 

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All WMC delegates to national 
conference WMC sessions should 
bring a copy of National WMC con- 
stitution to the announced business 
session. Some critical changes need 
to be made and this declaration will 
constitute the public announce- 
ment of intention to make such re- 
visions as needed. 

National WMC Executive Committee 
Pen Pointer and Constitution Committee 

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Birthday Missionary 

91 arie Mishler 

Marie Mishler had been interested in 
missionary work in Africa for a number 
of years, but not until the year that she 
was studying at the Bible Institute of 
Los Angeles did she find a definite chal- 
lenge presented to her own heart by a 
missionary speaker. Previously, she had 
been engaged in secular work and at the 
same time had been very active in the 
work of her home church. In the mis- 
sionary challenge, she found a particular 
burden for working among African girls. 
Her scholastic preparation, besides the 
year at Biola, has included graduation 
from the Akron Bible Institute, study at 
Grace Seminary, and language study in 
France during the year of 1946-47. She 
arrived in Africa in the fall of 1947. 
During part of Marie's years on the field 
she served as housemother for the Mis- 
sionary Children's School, besides teach- 
ing various classes for the Africans. Later 
she was able to give her time to the work 
which was close to her heart— that of 
teaching the African girls. Miss Mishler's 
present station is the Bible Center, where 
she works mainly in the literature minis- 
try which she enjoys very much, and she 
also enjoys her work with the Kete Lu- 
miere (httle girls 6-11). She also works 
with the Bible Institute teen-age girls, 
teaching them to read; helps with junior 
church; and teaches piano to missionary 
children. Her home church is the First 
Brethren Church of Akron, Ohio. 

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treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Matt. 6:20-21 NASB). 

Eternal Investments 

Looking back I have heard the phrase, "I'll be glad to," associated with 
WMC as long as I can remember. WMC ladies should be reminded that the 
service we give, the talents we use, and the time we spend in WMC should 
not be given grudgingly. We are Woman Manifesting Christ and should give 
cheerfully, as cheerfully as we are admonished in God's Word to give our 
money (see 2 Cor. 9:7). 

Soon a new WMC year will be upon us and each organization will be 
looking for those who will be cheerful givers whether they give by serving in 
offices of local organizations or as leaders of monthly meetings, chairpersons 
of important committees or cheerful participants in all the activities of the 
organization. There is a job that each one can fulfill if we but seek the 
Lord's guidance and apply ourselves wholeheartedly. 

We can all search our hearts and seek to know the Lord's wOl for our 
deposit in the WMC bank. Hopefully, there will be no service charge for 
early withdrawals or any late charges for commitments not met. 

How much can we afford to deposit in our heavenly bank account? 
Remember, the interest or rewards will be ours when we reach heaven. 

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July '79 

news report 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 

n Deciding One's Role in Missions, Missions and the 
National Church, Ministry to the Chinese World, and 
Ministry to the Muslim World are just a few of the 
topics to be addressed in the elective workshops at 
the URBAN A 79 Student Missions Convention. 

On three of the four afternoons of the Convention, 
students will be exposed to issues of broad concern in 
missions today througli some 60 elective workshops. 
Workshops will be led by specialists in each area— 
people like Harvey Conn, Ralph Winter, Samuel Esco- 
bar, Roger Greenway and Simon Ibrahim will share 
expertise and insights into a variety of issues in mis- 

Each workshop will consist of lecture followed by 
question and answer discussion to facilitate partici- 
pant interaction with the issues of woild missions. 
Thus students, faculty and pastors who attend the 
workshops should be better informed and prepared 
for active involvement in missions in today's world. 

n Edward Lewis has resigned as pastor of the Virginia 
Beach Grace Brethren Church and has accepted a call 
from the Fort Lauderdale church to become assistant 
pastor there. He will be starting his ministry on Sept. 

DPaul Stephen Dixon was ordained on Dec. 24, 
1978, at the Grace Brethren Church of Temple Hills, 
Md. Those participating in the ordination service 
were Rev. John Burns, Rev. Robert Wagner, Rev. 
Bill Grossman, Rev. James Dixon (pastor of the 
Temple Hills church and Paul's father), Rev. Larry 
Gegner and Rev. Dean Walter (all elders of the 

Rev. Paul Dixon, with his wife and six children, re- 
side in Portland, Oreg. He is currently involved in 
teaching an adult Bible class, has a Bible study in his 
home, and is tutoring Greek students. 

D Robert G. Clouse, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Clay City, Ind., has recently completed 
15 years in the ministry there. 

DA 1979 graduate of Grace Theological Seminary, 
Larry Richeson, has assumed the pastorate of the 
Grace Brethren Church in Winona, Minn., on July 1 . 

Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest al- 
ways upon, these new families who join the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald readership. A six-month free subscription to 
the Herald is given to newlyweds whose addresses are sup- 
plied by the officiating minister. 

Anita Smart and Bruce Everett, Feb. 19, First Breth- 
ren Church, Dayton, Ohio. 

Esther Mowery and Roy Trissel, March 25, First 
Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio. 
Trudy Stern and Mark Brandle, April 28, Johnstown 
(First), Pa. 

Pam McComas and Paul Freed, May 26, Rittman, 

Kim Shepherd and Ivan Hoyt, May 26, Sidney Grace 
Brethren Church, Sidney, Ind., 

Delores Crutchfield and Rex Krug, June 9, First 
Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio. 
Kathy Ingabit and Robert Shaffer, Bozeman, Mont. 
The ceremony was performed by the groom's grand- 
father, Rev. William H. Schaffer of Kenai, Alaska. 

Change youiir annual 

Christian Becker has assumed the pastorate of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Berrien Springs, Mich. His 
address is 100 Niles Ave., Box 62, Berrien Springs, 
Mich. 49103. Phone 616/471-9579. D James Dowdy, 
Jr., 3100 Hawthorne No. 114, Sarasota, Fla., 33579. 
DDan Eshelman, 1123 N. Terrace, Wichita, Kans. 
67208. D Edward Lewis, 6117 S.W. 27th St., Mar- 
gate, Fla. 33063 (after Aug. 10). D Robert Hooks, 
R. 3, Box 345A, Kittanning, Pa. 16201. D Donald 
Marken, 5 Marchland St., Millersburg, Ohio 44656. 
D Wayne Mensinger, R. 1, Box 379, Frostburg, Md. 
21532. D R. Paul Miller, 630 Laura Ave., Altamonte 
Springs, Fla. 32701. D The telephone number for 
the Peru (Ind.) Brethren Church should read 
316/473-3881, and the number for Richard Holiday, 
Peru church secretary, should read 316/985-2561. 
D George Ritchey, P.O. Box 204, Shawmut, Mont. 
59078 (Tel. 406/632-4110). D Rainbow Grace 
Brethren Church, 91-779 Fort Weaver Rd., Ewa 
Beach, Hawaii 96706. D Grace Brethren Church, 
1600 Ruth Dr., Yucca Valley, CaHf. 92284. DMr. 
Ron Naves is no longer pastor at Riner, Va. 

July '79 

Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the 

DEVORE, Mrs. A. L., April 13, First Brethren 
Church, Wooster, Ohio. Kenneth Ashman, pastor. 
DIES, Betty. 60, April 29, member of the North 
Riverdale Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio. Tad 
Hobert, pastor. 

FUQUA , Evelyn, May 17, Community Grace Brethren 
Church, Los Angeles, Calif. Evelyn Fuqua faithfully 
served for thirty-two years as a missionary. She first 
worked with the Brethren Home Missions in Clay- 
hole, Ky. After three years at Clayhole she was called 
to Dryhill, Ky., to begin the mission work there. 

In 1965 "Miss Evelyn" went to St. Thomas (Virgin 
Islands). Then for a number of years she was in 
Dominica (West Indies). Seepage 7 of this issue. 
JENKINS, L. Douglas, 65, May 10, First Brethren 
Church, Buena Vista, Va. Lester Kennedy, pastor. 
JOHNSON, Myrtle, 75, March 28, a faithful member 
of the Calvary Brethren Church, Alto, Mich. Robert 
Moeller, pastor. 

MILLER, Anna, 88, May 30, a faithful member of 
the First Brethren Church of Dayton, Ohio, for 47 
years. G. Forrest Jackson, pastor. 
MITCHELL, Ruth Goshorn', 85, AprO 22, a faithful 
member of the First Brethren Church of Clay City, 
Ind. Robert Clouse, pastor. 

PLUNK, Thomas, 82, April 10, member of the Con- 
emagh Grace Brethren Church since 1921 . Don Rager, 

ROWSEY, Eva Camden, 68, May 11, First Brethren 
Church, Buena Vista, Va. Lester Kennedy, pastor. 
SNOOK, S. Clyde, 86, April 10, First Brethren 
Church, Johnstown, Pa. Charles Martin, pastor. 
WILMER. Basil Edward, 61, April 18, First Brethren 
Church, Buena Vista, Va. Lester Kennedy, pastor. 
YEAGER, Roy, 68, March 11, Conemaugh Grace 
Brethren Church, Conemaugh, Pa. Don Rager, pastor. 

D The Gaithers, Fred Bock and Ronn Huff have com- 
piled a new hymnal for churches entitled Hymns for 
the Family of God. It contains many of the new 
hymns . . . "Let's Just Praise the Lord," "Plenty of 
Room in the Family," "He Touched Me," "Sweet, 
Sweet Spirit," and many others written by the 
Gaithers, Andre Crouch, Dale Oldham, John W. Peter- 
son and additional contemporary composers. And, 
you'll find many of the old favorites from composers 
such as Fanny Crosby and P. P. Bliss. If your church 
is considering new hymnals, samples and price infor- 
mation will be sent on request. Write to Charles 
Koontz, the Herald Co.. P. 0. Box 544, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590. 

n A free examination copy of The Family First will 
be sent to any pastor. Christian education director or 
Sunday school superintendent (one copy per church, 
please). This study guide, written by Dr. Kenneth O. 
Gangel, president of Miami Christian College, is 
scheduled for use in the Brethren adult curriculum 
beginning Sept. 2, 1979. Send your note for one free 
copy of The Family First to the Herald Co., P.O. Box 
544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. (Please note; The 
Teacher's Resource Booklet will be a "must" for use 
with The Family First, and those ordering supplies 
should be sure to order a copy for each teacher or 
discussion leader.) 

Free Copy of 

e. F. Yoder. 

BMH Books has reprinted God's Means of Grace 
by C. F. Yoder. Copies of this book have not been 
available for years. It was first printed in 1908 and 
now you can obtain a copy of the reprint. 

It is 632 pages in length and deals with Brethren 
Doctrine and Practice. We have made the attempt 
to reproduce the book as much like the original as 

Two thousand copies will be available on the 
limited printing. If you use the coupon below and 
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July '79 


Dimensions in Brass 


E. J. Lovelady 

Photo by Mick Messner 

The Dimensions in Brass from Grace College had an effective ministry 
during a concert tour in Europe during spring break. Following are excerpts 
from a letter written by Brethren Missionary Roger Peugh, following a 
Dimensions concert conducted by Jerry Franks in Stuttgart, West 

"It's a joy to be working on the same team together, sharing the Good 
News of Christ with as many as we can, until He comes again. Such a won- 
derful privilege was ours on April 1 with the Dimensions in Brass. 

"In numerical size, this meeting was the high-water mark in our minis- 
try—with 300-350 present for a morning worship service. But the numbers 
don't tell the stories of many, many people for whom we have been pray- 
ing for years, now, who ventured into one of our services for the first time 
that Sunday. 

"The man we've bought milk from for four years said repeatedly that 
he really enjoyed the service, and that he'd come back. The graphic de- 
signer, who designed the handbills and posters for Dr. Whitcomb's meetings 
in 1975 came. He got cancer last fall, and we have been praying for him 
that God would speak to him. He indicated that he was deeply spoken to. 
John Pappas shared that everyone he talked to felt absolutely over- 
whelmed at the magnitude of the service— and the presence of the Holy 
Spirit was sensed by all. 

"The young people in our own youth group were super-impressed by 
the whole service, and for some reason they tend to be sharply critical of 
such American groups which have presented a very low quality of music. 
One of the girls commented on the young people from the Brass: 'A nd did 
you notice, they were so normal, they talked to us. ' That was what I had 
hoped for and prayed for that the Brass youth would mix with our youth, 
and that this type of impression would be gained. 

"During the service itself, I did not mention Jerry's blindness, but it 
was printed in the bulletin we handed out and one fellow came up to me 
afterward and said that after he read that, the whole service had twice the 
effect on his life— and he praised God for His grace in allowing this minis- 
try to be. " 

The recent Dimensions' tour of 
Europe, I believe, was a resounding 
success in every way imaginable. 
Every member of the group has 
been caused to give the glory for 
this to God, for when we did not 
know precisely what to expect over 
there. He exceeded our expecta- 

The greatest benefit, we trust, 
was for the people we contacted in 
Europe. There were likely more un- 
saved than saved persons in attend- 
ance at the concerts, and the mes- 
sage of the Christian faith came 
through strongly in every case. This 
was done by testimonies (Jerry 
Franks and I each gave two), and 
Dottie Frank's warm and timely in- 
troductions of songs. All of the re- 
sponsible people we talked to were 
thoroughly convinced of our con- 
tribution to their works. 

Here is one such comment in a 
letter from Larry DeArmey, Macon, 

"Last Sunday we had 
some friends with us from the 
Paris area. They are a French 
family and had the opportun- 
ity to attend your concert at 
Lamorlaye. They were great- 
ly impressed by the group 
and felt that all had a great 
impact on the people that 
were there for the concert. 
They said that you had 

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another smashing success 
with your banjo and guitar. 
They told me that if I had the 
opportunity to write to you 
or someone else in the group 
that I should tell you again 
how much you all were 
appreciated and to thank you 
again. I was really pleased to 
hear that report, and thought 
that you would be, too. Share 
that with Jerry and the 
others. " 

I am sure that new doors have 
been opened for church-planting 
ministries, and the Christians have 
been encouraged. I also know that 
at least four people I met have an 
interest in attending our two 
schools and want more admissions 

Of course, the benefits extended 
to us personally, too. We could not 
help but see the tremendous need 
of souls without Christ, and the 
competent Christians working tire- 
lessly for spiritual results. We were 
all moved and changed by the 
awareness created by seeing mis- 
sions, and doing missions. 

The third benefit was cultural. 
The architecture, the sense of the 
past, the art, the geography, the 
people, the languages, all impressed 
us to integrate our new apprecia- 
tions into our personal lives. I per- 
sonally have become so enamoured 
of German that I intend to pursue 
it until I can converse in it, hope- 
fully to return and be of more use 
on another occasion. 

Student interaction in the group 
was positive. The initial brashness 
of American youth was tempered 
and sobered by the border crossings 
into Communist territory. The 
organization by Lufthansa and the 
tour agency was entirely competent 
and superbly executed. Tribute 
should also be given to Jerry, who 
had all the details in his head so he 
could work with the group, even 
when encumbered by a new medi- 
cation. The Lord got him through 
several tough spots, physically, so 
that all went well. Finally, Ellen 
Berghorn worked diligently with 
Jerry and Dottie to organize accom- 
modations, passport checks, and so 
forth, along the route. 

News Notes 

Photo by Liz Cutler 

A gazebo has been constructed west of Beta Hall on the 
Grace College campus as a gift from the class of 1979. 
Brent Ropp, of Marietta, Georgia, president, said the class 
gift is being dedicated to Rev. Arnold Kriegbaum, who is re- 
tiring in August after serving as dean of students for the 
past 18 years. 

High quality pressure-treated wood was used in construc- 
tion of the gazebo valued at $5,000. However, by doing 
some of the work themselves and through the generosity of 
a number of area businesses and individuals, members of 
the class were able to complete the project for an outlay of 
about $2,500. Included in those assisting were Phil Dick, of 
Dick's Construction Co. (an alumni of Grace College), and 
Ralph Hall, of the Brethren Home Missions Building Minis- 

The 25' X 25' octagon-shaped building will be used for 
outdoor concerts and drama presentations, as well as social- 
izing. "We wanted a unique gift," said Mike Taylor, senior 
class vice president, from Margate, Florida. "It's an answer 
to prayer." 

Grace Theological Seminary Class of 1979 gave a gift to 
the Library of five volumes of great scholarly importance. 
Four of the volumes comprise a facsimile edition of the 
most important ancient manuscript of the Bible— Codex 
Sinaiticus. The fifth volume is a replacement copy of The 
Vocabulary of the Greek Testament Illustrated from the 
Papyri and Other Non-Literary Sources, by James Moulton 
and George Milhgan. 

Kenneth E. Bickel, of Manheim, Pennsylvania, president 
of the Seminary senior class, made the presentation of the 
gift during commencement exercises held in the Billy Sun- 
day Tabernacle. 

July '79 1 


Graee College 

1979 Graduates 

(from Grace Brethren Churches) 



Janet Emch, Worthington, Ohio 
Richard Fetterhoff, Atlanta, Ga. 

Ele. Ed 
Bus. Admin. 


Thomas Flanagan, St. Petersburg, Fla. 


Janet Battis, Winona Lake, Ind. 


Vernon Fredericks, Temple Hills, Md. 


Michael Boze, Berne, Ind. 


Bus. Admin. 

Laura Cullnane, Denver, Colo, 

Bib. Studies 

Elaine Gallaway, Ashland, Ohio 

Ele. Ed 

Ele. Ed. 

Cynthia Garber, Sidney, Ind. 

Bus. Admin. 

Sandra Eckelberry, Middlebranch, Ohic 

French Ed. 

Denise Grubb, Bellville, Ohio 

Ele. Ed 

Dennis Foreman, Lititz, Pa. 


James Haller, Lancaster, Pa. 

Bus. Admin. 

John George, Coolville, Ohio 


Paul Manning, Temple Hills, Md. 



James Johnson, Wooster, Ohio 


Susan Guiles, Bethlehem, Pa. 


Bus. A dm in. 

Linda Karns, Maitland, Fla. 


Marilyn Johnson, Wooster, Ohio 

Chris. Min. 



Sylvia Koeller, Brookville, Ohio 

Bib. Studies 

Jeff Karns, Kokomo, Ind. 

Physical Ed. 


Martha Knop, Middlebranch, Ohio 

Ele. Ed 

Robert Kulp, Jr. Manheim, Pa. 

Social Stu. 

Sandra Lauffer, Johnstown, Pa. 

Ele. Ed 

Brad Lambright, Fremont, Ohio 

Bib. Studies 

Rhonda Lentz, Brookville, Ohio 


Peter Marshall, Peru, Ind. 

English Ed. 

David Melton, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Music Ed. 

Donald McCluskey, Dayton, Ohio 

Bib. Studies 

Music Mgmt. 

Edward Newell, Warsaw, Ind. 

Math. Ed 

Michael Messner, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Bus. Admin. 

Mark IMutter, Ashland, Ohio 

French Ed. 

Helen Myers, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Ele. Ed 

Kerry Rapp, Lancaster, Pa. 

Spanish Ed. 

Roberta Naff, Roanoke, Va. 

Ele. Ed 

Douglas Stauffer, Winona Lake, Ind. 


Kevin Nichols, Leesburg, Ind. 

Art Ed 


Bib. Studies 

General Sc. 



David Peters, Sidney, Ind. 



Paula Popenfoose, Martinsburg, Pa. 

Ele. Ed 

Julie Stucky, Fremont, Ohio 

Bib. Lang. 

Pamela Replogle, Martinsburg, Pa. 

Ele. Ed 

Brent Wilcoxson, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Social Stu. 

Brent Ropp, Atlanta, Ga. 

Bus. Ad min. 

Carolyn Rupp, Kittanning, Pa. 

Bib. Studies 
Bus. Admin. 


Brad Skiles, Modesto, Calif. 

Bus. Admin. 

Penny Blakeley, Dayton, Ohio 


Wendy Swanson, Worthington, Ohio 

Bus. Admin. 
Physical Ed. 
Ele. Ed. 

Rachel Bracker, Osceola, Ind. 
Rosalie Bradley, South Bend, Ind. 
Randall Brownwood, San Diego, Calif. 

Ele. Ed 
Bib. Studies 
Ele. Ed 
Bus. Admin. 

David Swihart, Elkhart, Ind. 
Michael Taylor, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 
Cynthia Thornley, Temple Hills, Md. 

Donald Chappell, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Patricia Clark, Hagerstown, Md. 
Terri Cron, Sacramento, Calif. 

Craig Wineland, Maitland, Fla. 
James Zielasko, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Harriet Zook, Sacramento, Calif. 

Art Ed 
Ele. Ed 

Deborah Deckard, Blacklick, Ohio 

Bus. Admin. 


Don Dickey, Brookville, Ohio 

Physical Ed 

Fred Bechtel, Minerva, Ohio 

Linda Edgington, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Ele. Ed 

LuAnn Inman, Fremont, Ohio 

Londa Ellenwood, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Ele. Ed 

David Rank, Myerstown, Pa. 

July '79 

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(from Grace Brethren Churches) 

Robert Arenobine, Hagerstown, Md. 
Kenneth Bickel, Chambersburg, Pa. 
Jeffry Carroll, Worthington, Ohio 
Michael Clapham, Worthington, Ohio 
Leslie Cotsamire, Ashland, Ohio 
William Crabbs, Lima, Ohio 
Daryle Emch, Worthington, Ohio 
Robert Fetterhoff, Marietta, Ga. 
Jeffrey Heim, Blacklick, Ohio 
Gregory Howell, Sunnyside, Wash. 
David Manduka, South Bend, Ind. 
Larry McCall, Kittanning, Pa. 
Thomas Moorhouse, Warsaw, Ind. 
Gregory Sheffer, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 
Jeffrey Thornley, Tennple Hills, Md. 
Albert Valentine, Warsaw, Ind. 


David Beyer, Worthington, Ohio 
M. Richard Coldren, Worthington, Ohio 
Cheryl Kaufman, Myerstown, Pa. 
Alice Peacock, Indianapolis, Ind. 
Larry Richeson, Wooster, Ohio 
Mark Spencer, Worthington, Ohio 

Earl Futch, Sidney, Ind. 


John Fretz, Winona Lal<e, Ind. 

John W. Zielasko, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Rolland Coburn, Santa Maria, Calif. 


Weston W. Fields, Warsaw, Ind. 

July 79 


A Brethren Happening 

Chuck Winter 

Pastor, Harrah Brethren Church 

Curiousity and incredulity sat together in 
the evening service at the Harrah Brethren 
Church on May 27. "Curiousity" in the per- 
son of some of our people and "incredulity" 
in the person of my wife who thought I was 
very daring to announce a week ahead that on 
that Sunday night we would talk to mission- 
ary friends 3,000 miles away by radio. 

Harrah Brethren is the only Grace Brethren 
Church that I know of that has a two-element 
cubical quad amateur radio antenna mounted 
on the roof. One corner of a Sunday school 
classroom has the amateur transmitting equip- 
ment. This was the radio and array of "gear" 
that our people found blinking and crackling 
at them when they arrived for the evening 
service. We would attempt to contact Dr. and 
Mrs. Samuel B. Marx at their Clinica Evan- 
gelica Morara located near the tiny village of 
Ahuas in Eastern Honduras. 

Dr. and Mrs. Marx had served for more 
than 20 years at that remote mission chnic. 
They returned to the States and to the Yaki- 
ma Valley in 1974. They chose Harrah Breth- 
ren as their church home and faithfully at- 
tended and served here until their return to 
Honduras in the summer of 1978. 

Over the past months a regular twice a 
week radio schedule was set up between 
Ahuas and Harrah, Washington. The familiar 
voice of Dr. Marx (WB7ARA/HR3) would be 
heard calling Pastor Chuck Winter (N7AAG) 
on Mondays and Saturdays. Over the months, 
the radio link provided a means by which the 
doctor and his wife could talk with their two 
daughters in Washington. A son, serving with 
Mission Aviation Fellowship and living in 
Southern California, also was able to speak 
with his parents. Another son, studying at the 
University of Guatemala, also made use of the 
unique radio hook-up between Central 
America and the Pacific Northwest. 

Medical "traffic" was carried as Dr. Marx 

consulted with specialists and other medical 
doctors in the Yakima Valley by way of the 
radio. Once, it was needed for information 
about an electrocardiograph; and on another 
occasion, a surgical cautery needed repairs. 
The radio carried news of the birth of chil- 
dren in the HBC family. It also brought the 
Marxes word of illnesses and the deaths of 
two of Dr. Marx's colleagues. 

Now on this Sunday evening the whole 
congregation of West Pioneer Street had been 
invited to listen in. A few minutes past the 
hour, the voice of Dr. Marx could be heard 
calling from the Honduran state of Gracias a 
Dios. Soon Dr. Marx and Grace were sharing 
praise notes and prayer requests from Ahuas. 
One request was for the young men who leave 
that part of Inland Honduras to dive for lob- 
sters off the coast. Away from home and the 
influence of friends and loved ones they fall 
into many temptations. A praise note had to 
do with the continued healing of a finger that 
Dr. Marx had injured in a jointer/planer acci- 
dent. Appreciation was expressed for the con- 
cern and prayer support of our people. 

A half-hour had soon slipped by. But for 
those special minutes we had been trans- 
ported by radio from the Yakima Valley to 
the home of medical missionaries 3,000 miles 

Editor's reply to the letter to the Editor page 3 

Dear Reader, 

Thanks for your note! Several quick observa- 
tions for some thought. 

1. The tithe does predate the law as illustrated 
in Genesis 14:20. Admitted-Abraham is in- 
volved since you referred to the nation of 

2. Under grace, the requests from God reach 
beyond the requests of the Old Testament 
law. Illustrated in commands on murder and 
adultery (Matt. 5:21-22; 27-32). So the tithe 
just might not be enough, maybe 15 percent 
or 20 percent would be more like the hilari- 
ous giver of Corinthians (2 Cor. 9: 7). 

3. Again, there is some problem in having God 
in the Old Testament not agreeing with wliat 
He says in the New Testament. He speaks to 
mankind and his needs, and those needs have 
not changed that much through the years. 

Keep giving. He gave a lot! 


July 79 

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The First Brethren Church of West Kittanning, Pa. , has officially changed its name 
to the Grace Brethren Church of West Kittanning, announced Richard Cornwell, pastor. 

An Alternative. Possibly some of our adult Sunday school classes may find that next 
quarter's study guide, The Family First , is not appropriate for specific needs. The 
Herald Co. is offering an alternate selection on the Second Coming of Christ, en- 
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Herald Co. 

Simon Toroian, pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, Altoona, Pa. , will be complet- 
ing his ministry there by September 1. While his plans are yet indefinite, he be- 
lieves the Lord is leading him to a visitation ministry in a local church. 

Pastoral Migrations — Roy Roberts has resigned at Seal Beach, Calif. Mike Ryan, 
associate to Roy, has assumed the leadership at Seal Beach Grace Brethren Church. 
Howard Snively has resigned at Ankenytown, Ohio, and assumed the pastorate at Kenai, 
Alaska, on July 1. Dan Bull, son of Pastor Zane Bull, was examined for licensure 
in the Northwest District, and became pastor of the new church in Homer, Alaska, 
in June. Daryl Emch, a 1979 Grace Seminary graduate, began pastoring the Grace 
Brethren Church of St. Petersburg, Fla. , in June. Everett Caes assumed the pastor- 
ate of the Elkhart, Ind. , Grace Brethren Church the first Sunday in June. David 
Plaster, currently pastor of the Valley Grace Brethren Church, Armagh, Pa., will 
assume the pastorate of the Community Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, Ind. , Sep- 
tember 1, 1979. 

The Toledo, Ohio, Grace Brethren Home Bible study is considering the formation 
of a Grace Brethren Church. Pastor Dick Hopkins is the teacher. 

Dr. Earl Radamacher has accepted the invitation to speak at the 1980 Nor-Cal Dis- 
trict Conference. 

The Grace Brethren Church of Clearwater, Fla., hosted the Suncoast Hebrew Christ- 
ian Fellowship on May 20. Eighty-one people in attendance heard the thrilling 
testimonies and music of the Hebrew Christians. Marion Thomas, pastor. 

A second new church in the Nor-Cal Districi; has been started in the community 

of Pacerville, Calif., under the leadership of Pastor Darrell Anderson. Attendance 

has been over 30 every week. 

New York (EP) — In 1978, the American Bible Society, together with its global 
partners which make up the United Bible Societies, distributed more than a half 
billion Scriptures worldwide. Not only did the total — 503,318,060 — break all 
previous annual records but this was the first tine it topped the half billion 
mark. ABS' part in this effort was 127 
million Scriptures distributed in the 
United States, and financial support 
of 153 million overseas, for an exact 
total of 280,731,302 copies. ABS' dis- 
tribution activities worldwide in 1978 
represented a 13.9 percent increase 
over 1977. 

AUGUST 1979 

Brethren Home Missions 

page 17 

of Reaping a Spiritual Har 

Reflections By Still Waters 

by Charles W. Turner 


My teen-age son calls them "the 
olden days." I must admit, he is 
probably right, and before I use the 
term "good old days," there must 
be a reminder that there were also 
plenty of "not so good" things 
about them. But there is the joy of 
picking out some of the good things 
of those days and contrasting them 
with things of the present days. 
One of those good things of the 
yesteryears was the buffalo nickel. 
Some complained that this nickel 
was never designed properly, and 
the date was set too high on the 
coin, thus causing it to wear down 
quickly. This is true— I have a num- 
ber of them, and many of the dates 
denoting the year of coinage are 

But the buffalo nickel used to 
give me a very good day. The 
Akion Yankees were a semi-pro 
baseball team in Akron, Ohio. They 
played (if you want to use that 
term) at old Summit Beach Park, 
now replaced by apartments in the 
area. I could spend the better part 
of a day , with only one nickel. Here 
is how. My father had an unlimited 
bus pass for the city transportation 
system. The cost was SI. 00 a week. 
The Akron Yankees acknowledged 
what was called a "Knot-Hole 
Gang"— issuing a free pass to those 
under 16 years of age. 1 could make 
it across town with two transfers- 
free. I could get in the ball park 
with the pass— free. Then the buf- 

The Once Proud 

falo nickel was spent on a Power- 
house candy bar (which weighed 
one-quarter pound, and cost only 
five cents). Now you have to admit, 
even if you are not sentimental 
about the good old days, that that 
was not too bad. 

But times have changed, and 
memories of such luxury for so 
little gets dimmer each day. Prices 
have literaDy shot through the 
ceihng as have some wages, and we 
are getting ourselves into problems 
that seem to get bigger every day. 
"True," you may say. "But, so 
what! After all, we are Christians 
and our citizenship is in heaven." 
I agree, but we are not yet all home. 
Thus, the need of some consider- 
ation on how to meet today's 

Costs to Foreign Missions are 
soaring, while they seek to carry on 
their program as the dollar loses its 
value on the money markets of the 

Home Missions seeks to start a 
new church, but the price of land 
can now be many times more than 
the actual building used to cost. 
Educational costs are not exempt 
from inflation as salary levels and 
utihties continue to rise to an un- 
foreseen level. The cost of missions 
has gone up, and wOl continue to 
do so. An alternative to inflation is 
something that we do not want to 

We tried, in the early seventies, 
to increase the base of the Brethren 
Church, and we can now begin to 
analyze what happened. Our 
GROW efforts cannot be counted a 

major success in the light of the ac- 
counting. The local base of the 
Brethren Church must increase, or 
the structure of missions is in 
danger. The local congregations are 
facing great pressures from infla- 
tion, discouragement, and compet- 
ing stronger organizations in the 
religious circles (see the article on 
page 4 of this issue.) The base of 
the local church has been the feeder 
to our missions and educational 
structure. I do not want to be an 
alarmist, nor do I desire the role 
of a prophet; but signs of danger 
are rapidly arising that could cost 
our programs of expansion many 
years of difficulty. 

The early eighties are going to be 
exciting ones! The power of God is 
not diminished, but it is time to 
take a look to see if the unsettling 
circumstances of the world will 
have definite effects on Christian 
organizations. Things are adrift 
around us today. It is a time to 
pray, and it is also time to use some 
of the wisdom God has promised 
us, before the problems get too big. 

It is predicted, by none other 
tlian the Federal Resei-ve Board of 
the U.S. official, G. WQliam Miller, 
that "if prices keep rising as they 
now are, $1.00 will be worth a 
nickel by the time this year's gradu- 
ates turn 65." The once proud buf- 
falo is, and has been, in trouble, 
and its troubles may weU become 
our troubles. The note of cheer is 
always near in Christian belief and 
it is still evident, but some planning 
and praying are still in line with our 

: august '79 

COVER: Incorporated in 1939, the Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council has become the 
church planting arm of the Grace Brethren 
Fellowship. Pictured, left to right diagonal- 
ly—New Troy, Michigan; North Kokomo, 
Indiana; Dr. L. L. Grubb and Rev. Earle 
Peer; Columbus, Ohio; Dryhill, Kentucky; 
Day Mesa Grace Brethren Church, Navajo 
Mission, New Mexico; and Alta Loma, Cali- 

iin rihe herald 

35 Years Ago-1944 

The fifty-fifth Annual Conference was held 
at Winona Lake with Herman A. Hoyt as 
moderator. The session concluded with a 
communion service. . . . Grace Seminary will 
open classes with 62 enrolled. 

15 Years Ago- 1964 

Rev. and Mrs. Scott Weaver leave for a 
three-month foreign mission-evangeUstic 
meeting in Africa. . . . The Home Missions 
Council celebrated their twenty-fifth anni- 
versary. . . .William H. SneU was ordained 
to the ministry at Meyersdale, Pa., where he 
is pastor. 

5 Years Ago- 1974 

Huber Heights church (Dayton, Ohio) goes 
self-supporting. . . . Robert Spicer is or- 
dained to the Christian ministry at Cherry 
Hill, N.J. . . . Jack KUne is named director 
of men's and boys' ministry. 



Volume41 Number 8 August 1979 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 

Artist, Jane Fretz 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 

Departmental Editors: Christian Education: 

Knute Larson. Foreign Missions: Rev. John 

Zielasl^o, Nora Macon. Grace Schools: Dr. 

Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer. Home 

Missions: Dr. Lester E. Pifer. WMC: Linda 


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Dear Readers, 

At the Herald we have a sincere desire to keep our readers informed 
of the trends of the time. It is not our mission to print only the things 
that are nice, Ught, and fluffy. This issue brings some thought-provoking 
articles. One is on the subject of parachurch organizations, a subject 
which caught my attention about two years ago. I spent three days 
listening to the subject of the local church in relationship to what was 
and is called parachurch groups. It has caused many hours of thought 
on a very vital issue. 

Stephen Board of Eternity magazine has written an excellent article 
on the subject, entitled "The Great Evangelical Power Shift." It is 
found in this issue beginning on page 4. Its importance is so great that 
we have given more space to it than is the normal policy for one article 
in the Herald. You may not Uke everything you read, but you need to 
think through this vital issue of our times. Then you can draw some 
conclusions in the light of the Scriptures and your own local work. 

Sincerely yours, 


Charles W. Turner 

august '79 ' 

The Great 
Evangelical Poiver Shift 

Request for permission to reprint this article has been 
granted by Eternity magazine. 

by Stephen Board 

It had been a busy week for the Adams family. 
Dad had been working on an evangelistic luncheon 
for the Christian Business Men's Committee. Mom 
was organizing a group for her Neighborhood Bible 
Study, which would begin after the next meeting of 
the Christian Woman's Club on Tuesday. Teens Mike 
and Andrew were away for a Fellowship of Christian 
Athletes' conference, and coUege-age Sandy had de- 
cided not to come home for her spring vacation be- 
cause she was doing evangelistic work on a Florida 
beach with Inter-Varsity. And as the Adams slipped 
into their Sunday school room they noticed a guest 
speaker was being introduced; he was from Campus 
Crusade and was going to take a few minutes to teU 
about "Here's Life, World." 

Each of these organizations, the Sunday school 
excepted, is an example of a "parachurch" agency. 
Even the Sunday school began as a parachurch move- 

Just as there are paramedics, paralegals, para- 
troopers-each meaning "alongside" something else- 
so there are parachurch movements that work along- 
side conventional local churches. 

As these organizations have grown, the clergy and 
church leaders have wondered if the tail has begun 
wagging the dog. In influence and money— that is, in 
power— the parachurch agencies are running away 
with the ballgame. Their critics, usually pastors, 
charge them with imbalance, doctrinal indifference, 
and exploitation of congregations for money and 
people. The major criticism, and one that is easiest to 
make stick, is that they lack accountability to anyone 
but themselves. Parachurch groups are religion gone 
free enterprise. 

The organizations of which there are some 6,500 
counting both Protestant and Catholic, will retort 
that they are merely "arms of the church," specialists 
helping the church do its job. They may privately add 
that they are simply doing what churches ought to be 
doing were they not so hidebound, disorganized and 
preoccupied with buildings. 

Has there been a power shift in modern evangelical 
Protestantism? Consider the evidence. 

— With the exception of certain pockets of South- 
ern Baptists, and conservative Lutherans, hardly any 
church, evangelical or liberal, has not been affected 
by parachurch agencies. The young people meet 

Young Life and Youth for Christ, collegians meet 
Inter-Varsity, Navigators, and Campus Crusade. The 
adults encounter World Vision, Christian Medical 
Society, Bill Gothard's Basic Youth Conflicts, among 
many other groups. 

— In media influence and visibility, the parachurch 
groups capture the spotlight. There was a day when 
newspapers would summarize Sunday's sermons of 
prominent ministers in their Monday editions; today 
the media interview and quote from parachurch- 
men— Bill Bright, BUly Graham, Charles Colson and 
the celebrity figures. Time magazine's cover story on 
the evangelicals quoted no pastor. Television specials 
interview "leaders," which usually are not pastors. 

— While churches have maintained a modest in- 
come growth, the parachurch agencies have aggres- 
sively raised millions through television, direct mail, 
and personal support plans. One pastor in lUinois re- 
ports a "spring bUtz" of 13 young adults who wanted 
to speak in his church to get support promises for 
their youth ministries. European cathedrals that took 
generations and millions of dollars could be built at a 
rate of one per month by the largest of the television 
ministries. The money turns the heads of the secular 
media people. 

— In some of the major evangelical seminaries, less 
than half the recent graduating classes have gone into 
traditional church pastorates. A large number have 
opted for parachurch positions, teaching, and 

With the success of the independent agencies, 
Achilles has finally begun to mutter in his tent. Of- 
ficial and unofficial grumbling has begun about the 

Before this year's General Assembly of the United 
Presbyterian Church is a proposal that the denomi- 
nation provide information on parachurch groups 
showing a comparison with Reformed theology. An 
identical overture was put before the southern Pres- 
byterian (PCUS) denomination last year. 

Few pastors oppose parachurch movements entire- 
ly and all will grant that God is using the independent 
movements. But amid thanksgiving for that effective- 
ness will often be heard some complaints about the 

"I wait to hear from the television preachers some 
statement Uke: 'You need to find a New Testament 
church that will give you a place to serve and be 
served in your neighborhood,' " said an official with 

= august 79 


the National Association of Evangelicals. 

An East Coast pastor: "What right, I ask you, does 
Robert Schuller have to ask people in my congrega- 
tion to send money to build his church? We have a 
building debt of our own." 

Boston-area pastor, Gordon MacDonald: "More 
and more the evangelical movement is run by the 
parachurch rather than the church. But theologically 
and methodologically the great secret of whole per- 
son ministry is the congregation. That's the environ- 
ment most people grow at the best pace and rate." 

MacDonald, himself a product of a parachurch 
ministry, says, "I'd like to see someone do serious re- 
search on how many people really are coming to 
Christ from the work of parachurch organizations, 
and how many are developing a full growth experi- 
ence. I think for example that Campus Crusade might 
be reasonably confronted with the idea that large 
numbers of their converts who stick came from back- 
grounds in Christian churches. They'd drifted from 
the faith and then Crusade came along at the moment 
when they were asking the eternal questions, and the 
Crusade worker was there with an effective answer. I 
myself happen to be one of those people." 

Los Angeles-area Baptist pastor, George Huber: 
"The New Testament concept of the church is not in- 
visible, but it is basically local, specific and indenti- 
fiable. The parachurch agencies do not provide the 
needed balance and they become an excuse for non- 
involvement with a local body of believers." 

In the more pluraUstic (theologically mixed) de- 
nominations, some of the reaction to the parachurch 
organizations looks like territorial protectiveness of 
doctrinal prejudice. A church may be offering its 
young people a stone and Young Life offers them 
Bread. Gary Demarest, pastor of LaCanada (Cali- 
fornia) United Presbyterian Church and a former staff 
worker for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, notes 
that "sending youth to a conference sponsored by 
ACLU has not met the same response from the eccle- 
siastical establishment as sending them to a Young 
Life conference." Demarest chides his fellow clergy 
for supporting the official efforts at ecumenism, like 
the National Council of Churches, and hesitating at 
the informal ecumenism of the parachurch move- 

What is there about modern evangeUcal Protestants 
that has made these parachurch organizations 

First, our roots. In the immediate past we learned 
from the fundamentaUst movement a certain disen- 
chantment with the institutional church. Many of us 
are converts "out of" one church and into another; 
hence, we tend to regard the church as a failure. Like 
Kierkegaard, we feel that the church has performed 
the miracle of Cana in reverse: it has turned wine into 

AU the parachurch agencies have floated on the 
top of this ecclesiastical revulsion. Maxine Rayburn, 
wife of Young Life's founder, Jim Rayburn, says of 
her husband, "He just saw the church as a colossal 
failure. He didn't mean for individuals to take this 
personally. He wanted Christians everywhere to face 
the reahty of people being turned off to Christ, to 
care about the fact that as an organization the church 

was boring people." 

Second, American evangelicals tend to be "low 
church" in ecclesiology (church doctrine). We are 
able to get by without a strong emphasis on the sacra- 
ments, and our Reformation heritage speaks of the 
priesthood of believers. The clergy caste, though 
among us, is not so strong as in Roman churches. 

The parachurch groups, by theology and strategy, 
avoid mention of the sacraments. WULiam McCoUey, a 
Calgary, Alberta, Reformed Presbyterian pastor 
formerly with Inter-Varsity, says, "When I left Inter- 
Varsity one the reasons was the Great Commission. 
As IVCF was promulgating it, it was 'Go ye into all 
the world and make disciples of all nations not bap- 
tizing them because we can't agree on that, but teach- 
ing them only the things we can agree on.' " 

This leads to a third characteristic of evangelical 
churchmanship: it is pietistic. Pietism in church his- 
tory displays two key marks: an emphasis on regener- 
ation and -a distinction between primary and second- 
ary doctrines. As pietists, we emphasize a heart 
experience with Christ first and a solution to thorny 
church questions later on, if ever. As pietists we tend 
to be individualists. And as pietists we are "the 
church within the church" just as the Moravians and 
Methodists were in previous centuries. 

More American is this characteristic: we are prag- 
matic. If our church cannot do the job, we'U turn to 
someone who can. Churches, whether whole denomi- 
nations or local bodies, may subordinate human need 
to procedure with the result that the church is inflexi- 
ble or a plan of action is vetoed by a single nay-vote 
in the labyrinth of machinery. Ordering a box of 
chalk for a Sunday school room may take committee 
approval. And, worse, unfirable individuals may be 
welded to key positions leading to exotic Rube Gold- 
berg administrative structures to work around them. 
An endowment may prolong life in a clinically dead 

By contrast, the parachurch agency may be run 
Uke a business, though not all are. People who don't 
do the job can be dismissed. Decisions can be quick- 
ly made. Their promotions are slick and results 
obvious. Pragmatic people like this. 

To do their job, the parachurch groups have used 
the new technology of radio, television, and scientific 
fund-raising. Indeed the very size of their conquest is 
related to the communications revolution: mass 
audience, mass communications, mass response. This 
sets apart our day from previous generations in 
church history. 

Let us then ask a few hard questions about the 
parachurch boom. 

Does the record show that the parachurch groups 
lead people away from the church or do they feed 
people into the church? 

This varies with the agency. Inter-Varsity Fellow- 
ship in England is credited with almost single-handedly 
producing the "evangelical revolution" in the Church 
of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Donald 
Coggan, was active in IVCF at Cambridge, and numer- 
ous other clerics in that church were converts or 
products of Inter-Varsity. Several of the seminaries in 
the United States admit they would be half empty 
without students from IVCF and Campus Crusade. 

august '79 > 

Rarely will a parachurch group admit its products 
are not getting into churches. BUI Bright, at the 1978 
Evangehcal Press Association convention, when asked 
about the slender results in churches from the Here's 
Life America program explained that a good many of 
the converts were in the "electric church" of Chris- 
tian broadcasting. 

If this is true, the broadcasters don't admit it. 
Christian Broadcasting Network, sponsors of "The 
700 Club," recently distributed results of a Michigan 
survey that showed for every dollar contributed by 
CBN supporters to its ministry, four were contributed 
to the local church and other ministries. All the con- 
tributors identified themselves as church people (Bap- 
tists, Methodists led the list; 10 percent were 

There is no good evidence that people are staying 
away from churches in droves while they resort to 
parachurch alternatives. More likely, a few key people 
are unavailable for a few key jobs in the local church 
because of their outside activities. Understandably, 
this annoys the pastor. 

Can churches really do the job? 

What job do you want done? The Gideons have 
put a Bible in every hotel room of the country; what 
church would take that on? 

Using the conventional marks of a vaUd church- 
preaching of the Word, the sacraments, and church 
discipline— to how many congregations under the sec- 
tion marked "churches" in the Yellow Pages would 
you give passing marks? 

"I've simply lowered my expectations of a 
church," one man remarked. "I go to my church for 
two things— preaching and good music. Other things 
hke fellowship I get from Christian Medical Society, 
CAPS (Christians Associated for Psychological 
Studies), and so on." 

"But what about the issue of your accountability 
to a body of Christians? To what people are you 
really under authority?" I ask him. 

"I'm as well off as if 1 took seriously the denomi- 
national committees, which are always telling us to 
do something like ordain homosexuals." His answer 
reflects a common pragmatic solution, both of im- 
patience and despairing of the ideal. 

For specialized ministry only the larger churches 
can afford the staff and luxury of a paid children's 
worker, youth workers, or a minister to the retired. 
And for both large and small congregations, ideal 
and less than ideal, the church family almost always 
profits from the parachurch supplement. Only the 
most austere and egocentric pastor demands that his 
people turn off their radios and concentrate on in- 
church activities. People can get by without para- 
church ministries, but why should they? 

Do parachurch movements exist only because of 
the failure of the churches? 

It is widely held that "if the churches were really 
doing their job the parachurch groups wouldn't be 

This may explain why specific ministries have 
sprung up, but it cannot explain the whole para- 
church phenomenon. 

Ralph Winter, a missions authority in Pasadena, 
argues that the church has always had a distinction 

between formal church bodies and missionary teams. 
The missionaries do only some of the functions of the 
churches. Winter cites the missionary journeys of 
Paul, the rise of Catholic orders, and other ad hoc 
ministries in church history. He calls regular churches 
"modalities" and the missionaries "sodalites." 

If this is a valid observation, the work of Young 
Life, Youth for Christ, or the Navigators can be seen 
as a temporary, limited form of missionary work. 

Jay Kesler, president of Youth for Christ, is happy 
with the missionary model: "YFC exists to reach un- 
churched kids with the gospel. Seventy percent of the 
kids we work with claim no church home. We look 
upon YFC as a decompression chamber to help pre- 
pare an unchurched young convert for churchman- 

Wesley WiUis, chairman of the board of Christian 
Service Brigade, a boys' ministry within churches, be- 
lieves that any parachurch ministry outside the 
church "must always make the assumption it is work- 
ing itself out of a job. A lot of communication be- 
tween the church and the 'missionary' has to take 
place to keep that idea aUve." 

As missions, the parachurch groups have been able 
to use talent that would never be used in a fuU-time 
function in regular churches. Inter-Varsity, Navi- 
gators, Faith at Work and other groups have some 
gifted staffs who would never be ordained into the 
formal ministry of churches. Some of them are 
women— intelligent, people-oriented, good Bible 
students— but how many churches have a "position" 
for a woman in their paid ministry? The independent 
agencies have created such a structure. 

Edmund Clowney, president of Westminster Semi- 
nary, approaches the parachurch agencies not so 
much as missionary ventures as an expression of the 
unity of the body of Christ. Clowney has devoted 
much of his scholarly life to the study of the doctrine 
of the church. Based on 1 Corinthians I, he feels that 
denominationaUsm is clearly sin, for there is only one 
Body of Christ, 

"Each believer has a responsibiUty to exercise fel- 
lowship as there is opportunity with anyone else who 
is a true brother and sister in Christ. 

"Because of denominational division you always 
have two ways in which the unity of the church of 
Christ would come to expression. One is in terms of 
denominational structures and the other is in more in- 
formal organizations of Christians for Christian pur- 
poses for which Christians can associate. This may in- 
troduce confusions and irregularities but under the 
circumstances it is unavoidable." 

Clowney allows that the parachurch agencies may 
slip unconsciously into the functions of the church. 
The danger then becomes one of being indifferent 
to the biblical norms for a church. "It begins to func- 
tion more and more as a church but doesn't limit 
itself by the New Testament principles of church 
order; and these principles are ignored because the 
paraecclesiastical group doesn't think of itself as a 

Do parachurch agencies have a defective program 
of ministry ? 

Most of them will admit their limits. But the ques- 
tion is, "Should any such agency exist with such 

august '79 

limits?" They don't baptize, exercise church disci- 
pline or form permanent congregations. 

The Hmits have driven some people out of the 
organizations. Pastor Bill McColley, quoted earlier, 
contrasts his church ministry with his Inter-Varsity 
days: "To me, going into a denomination with which 
I agree was a great freeing experience. Now I can 
teach the whole Bible. When people ask me questions 
on baptism or the gifts of the Spirit, I can tell them 
what I think the Bible says." 

Another student worker, veteran IVCF worker in 
Pittsburgh, Tom Trevethan, argues that the Hmits he 
works under are themselves biblical. "The verse in 
1 Corinthians 1 about 'Christ did not send me to bap- 
tize but to preach the gospel' suggests there was a 
second order ministry in the Early Church. That verse 
only makes sense on the thesis that Paul was not a 
pastor." Trevethan thinks of himself as a missionary 
rather than as a pastor. 

What practical steps will diminish the tensions? 

1 . Churches can support a larger portion of a para- 
church staff worker and thereby ask for more ac- 
countability. They can, in effect, buy the controlUng 
stock rather than only one share in a person's sup- 
port. So instead of paying $10 a month for 20 
people, a church can pay $200 a month for one and 
ask for more reporting and responsible accountability. 

2. A parachurch staff worker can be considered a 
church staff worker in some local situations. Young 
Life has done this with success. The Pittsburgh 
Coalition has been a plan to allow churches to con- 
sider a parachurch staff worker "their" college or 
high school worker even while that person is largely 
concentrating on a campus ministry. 

3. Control church budgets to fund church planting 
ministries and keep parachurch ministries in balance. 
For permanence and long range missionary purposes, 
the founding of churches is the name of the game. 
Does your budget reflect that priority? 

4. Ask parachurch staff to spell out the place of 
congregations in their overall ministry. This will 
remind them of the issue and will help satisfy your 
mind that you are supporting the purpose God 

5. Publicity makes or breaks an independent 
agency, just as it controls the fortunes of a business. 
This means you, as donor, must critically analyze pro- 
motion and claims from the home office. This also 
means an independent religious press must watch and 
report on the performance of the parachurch organi- 
zations. Christian magazines must do more than "in- 
spire"; they must evaluate and investigate for their 
readers, just as the secular press investigates the insti- 
tutions of our society. 

The proliferation of parachurch agencies is simply 
the price we pay for freedom of religion in our coun- 
try. If there are too many of them, this may show 
how casually we have emphasized the local congre- 
gation. Knowing the mysterious purposes of God, 
sensitive Christians will take care not to sound like 
the disciples in Mark 9, who noticed a parachurch 
exorcism ministry and complained to Jesus, "We told 
him to stop because he was not one of us." 

"Do not stop him," Jesus said. "Whoever is not 
against us is for us." 

news report 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
and the Evangelical Press Association 

n Rev. Jerry Young, pastor of the Lititz Grace 
Brethren Church, Lititz, Pa., will be hosting a 14-day 
tour to the Holy Land, Switzerland, and the Oberam- 
mergau Passion Play. The tour is scheduled for June 
14-28, 1980. Further information can be obtained by 
writing to Pastor Jerry Young, 501 W. Lincoln Ave., 
Lititz, Pa. 17543. 


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were listed for the Peru (Ind.) Brethren Church 
and church secretary. These numbers were not 
correct, and should remain as they originally 
appeared on page 67 of the Annual : 

Church: 317/473-3881 

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Thomas A. Bailey, R. 1, Bellville, Ohio 44813. DR. 
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Community Grace Brethren Church, Prosser, Wash., 

Sept. 30-Oct. 5, Dr. J. Dale Brock, pastor; Rev. Greg 

Ryerson, speaker. 

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7-9, Rev. Don Rager, pastor; Dr. John C. Whitcomb, 


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Cahf., Sept. 14-16, Dr. David J. Seifert, pastor; Dr. 

John C. Whitcomb, speaker. 

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Rev. CHff Wicks, pastor; Dr. John C. Whitcomb, 


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The Lord 



Jose Palacios has made many long trips on board his ship 

the S»hip 

by Lynn Hoyt 

"I had been home for 45 days of 
leave. As I was going back on board 
ship, I had an accident and had to 
stay home 45 days more. 1 often 
think that the Lord wanted me to 
keep getting more instruction in the 
Word so that I would accept Christ 
as my Saviour," affirms Jose 

Mr. Palacios, now a pillar of the 
work in Don Bosco, Argentina, was 

once a powerful man in a union. He 
started out his career as Adjunct 
Secretary of the maritime union in 
which he was a worker. 

A ship's engineer by trade, he 
left the bilge to become an office 
man of great ability. After a short 
time as Adjunct Secretary, he was 
placed in the position of General 
Secretary and remained in that 
position for four years. However, 
his position of prominence gave 
him a different perspective of the 
people who were higher in govern- 
ment. This was not a nice scene. He 
saw so much graft, corruption, and 
vice in the members of government 
that he soon became disenchanted. 

During his time in office he had 
the privilege of speaking to the 
president, all the representatives 
and senators, as well as many of the 
heads of the cabinet departments. 
His conclusion after watching all 
the top people of a nation was, "I 

was able to see on many occasions 
that a false image of supermen is 
projected on the people in higher 
positions. This superman image is 
all propaganda. The 'superman' 
sits in his office and depends upon 
information others give him. That 
information is generally very un- 
trustworthy, because it carries the 
bias of the informants." 

These conclusions led Mr. 
Palacios to resign from his high 
office in the union structure and re- 
turn to the bilge where he had 
begun. But Mr. Palacios often says 
that his experience in the union 
leadership was sent of God. 

"I always feel God put me there 
so 1 could see all those things. Then 
later when the Lord Jesus Christ 
entered my heart, 1 would not miss 
any of the old things." 

Mr. Palacios was completely dis- 
enchanted with life as it was being 
lived around him. So in 1967, he 

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Jose and Hilda 

returned to the ships to travel up 
and down the Parana and Rio de la 
Plata rivers. He got a job on a ship 
which made a long (over 3,000 kilo- 
meters) trip into the jungles of 
Matto Grosso. This trip took 45 
days, and his contract called for 
him to work one trip and be free on 
leave for one trip. These long trips 
away from home allowed him to 
think very seriously. 

In 1968, while he was out on the 
river, the Brethren Church in his 
town had a tent campaign. The tent 
was set up about a half block away 
from his house. His wife and 
daughter attended and made profes- 
sions of faith. When he returned 
from his voyage, his wife told him 
about the tent and invited him to 
attend with her. 

"I don't want to have anything 
to do with those bothersome 
people; once you've got them on 
you, they won't get off your back," 

responded Mr. Palacios. 

Such was his aversion to being 
witnessed to that he avoided even 
going near the tent. On one rainy 
day he walked through the square 
in his good shoes rather than walk 
down the sidewalk in front of the 
tent. But God's purpose was al- 
ready set that He would call Jose 
who would respond. 

"The tent was taken away, but 
my wife and daughter continued to 
attend the church, and my son 
Angel started to go also." 

After that year, the Bible had 
come to be a familiar sight and 
sound to him. He kept remember- 
ing a time in his youth when at the 
age of 20 he had a great desire to 
read the Bible and had even gone to 
the length of asking a neighbor 
where he could get one. The neigh- 
bor had scoffed, "What's the use 
reading the Bible? You'll never 
understand it anyway!" 

Young Jose had taken this neigh- 
bor's advice and quit looking for a 
Bible. Now, the thought kept recur- 
ring that maybe he was wrong in 
swallowing his neighbor's advice. 
One day as he was watching TV, he 
saw his wife's Bible on a table and 
the same urge to read it came to 

Perhaps his desire to read it was 
awakened by his spirit of leader- 
ship. You see, one thing that had 
irked him ever since his wife had 
been saved was that when they 
would get into a discussion about 
the Bible or about Christianity, his 
wife and daughter knew so much 
more than he that he always ended 
up losing the argument. This was no 
good for his ego. He never had any 
arguments to rebut theirs. He was 
becoming frustrated and full of 

With this preparation, the Lord 
made Jose receptive to his wife's re- 
quest for him to attend church. She 
invited him when he would be on a 
45-day leave. He had no idea this 
leave would stretch into 90 days. 

Mrs. Palacios used some inter- 
esting psychology. She pointed out 
that since he was away from home 
so much, he ought to investigate 
what his famOy did during his ab- 
sence. The best way to do so was to 
go to the church they attended. 
The logic of the proposition was 
clear, so her husband accepted the 

The first meeting they went to, 
much to Mrs. Palacios' embarrass- 

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ment, was a business meeting. Mr. 
Palacios soon got up and left witli 
liis whole family. But the Lord did 
not allow Jose to quit. He attended 
the next scheduled meeting after 
his wife insisted that no one would 
bother or press anything upon him. 
The preacher that evening was 
Carlos Maccio, a Baptist lay 

On that evening after greeting 
Mr. Palacios, Carlos Maccio asked 
him if there was anything he would 
hke to ask or talk over. Before he 
got the words out, Mr. Palacios 
raised his hand as if to stop him and 
said, "Wait a moment, I just came 
here to keep my wife company." 

Maccio responded, "Vaya con 
Dios (Go with God)."' This re- 
sponse stuck with Jose. 

He kept going to church with his 
wife and children, and he also be- 
gan to become familiar with the 
people. He felt well treated— the 
meetings were simple and the folks 
sincere. It actually came to the 
point where he enjoyed going to 
the meetings. Of course, he would 
not admit it openly. On "Dia de la 
Raza',' our Americas day, October 
12, the church had a picnic. Mr. 
Palacios was asked to help make the 
"asado" (grilled food). Being a true 
Argentine, this was right up his 
alley, and this opportunity helped 
him to form some good friendships. 

The time was quickly approach- 
ing when he would have to return 
to the ship, and something interest- 
ing was happening in him. He was 

Rev. Hill Maconaghy 

(before his retirement) 

visits with Mr. Palacios 

on board his ship 

Jose's smile is because 
of Jesus 

very reluctant to leave these new 

The speaker at the picnic was 
Rev. Hill Maconaghy. When the in- 
vitation was given, Mr. Palacios 
raised his hand. That was just the 
beginning because at that moment 

he sensed an overwhelming feeling 
of belonging which was the one 
thing he had so admired and 
wanted when he saw it in the 
people at the church. 

He grew in the Lord and became 
a strong believer with a heart for 
others. Several times he has opened 
his home in true Christian hospi- 
tality for extended periods of time, 
and he has a true pastor's heart. 
Through extension classes. Pastor 
Eduardo Coria has been preparing 
Jose and several others in the 
church so that if he Vi'ere called 
away, they would be able to carry 
on. Jose would probably be the 
leader of the group. 

Shortly after this picnic, Jose 
Palacios had to return to his ship. 
By this time he had been on land 
for 90 days. But in those 90 days 
Jesus had conquered Jose' soul and 
a family had been united in the love 
of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

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a Tnometdwdh TTUMjuMi 

The Kingdom, the Church, 


by John W. Zielasko 

A mission society's approach to missions is very 
definitely determined by its theological outlook. If 
theological presuppositions are contrary to the teach- 
ings of the Scriptures (as are those of some missions 
organizations today), then goals will be pursued that 
are different from the ones adopted by societies that 
interpret their task on the basis of biblical authority. 

For example, in dealing with the biblical doctrine 
of the Kingdom and the Church (a very crucial area), 
Protestant Theology even of the Reformation did not 
free itself from the Roman Catholic interpretation. 
How unfortunate! In this view the Davidic Covenant 
and all kingdom promises are to be fulfilled in and 
through the Church. This teaching has caused the 
Church (especially in her missionary endeavor) to en- 
gage in programs and work toward goals that are 
biblically in error. 

As a case in point, notice this quotation from a 
modern mission executive: 

An authentic task of missions today con- 
cerns the ways by which men and women can 
free themselves from oppressive systems that 
keep them poor, illiterate, subjugated, and 
thwarted in their efforts to achieve for them- 
selves the quality of life possible for them in 
their society. It is my conviction that Chris- 
tians, both as individuals and as churches, must 
be willing to use their social, economic, and 
political strength for the sake of disadvantaged 

Thus, the traditional view of missions, namely, the 
proclamation of the Gospel of the grace of God to 
the nations of the world for the salvation of man, is 
usurped by another gospel. Consider further the fol- 
lowing statement: 

The purpose of missions, then, may be 
summed up as follows: because the church's 
hope, based on the promise of the Gospel, is 
directed towards the kingdom of God as the 
nev/ creation, the purpose of the church's mis- 
sion cannot be the verbal proclamation of the 
Gospel, but something more comprehensive- 
namely, active cooperation in God's kingdom 
through the obedience of faith. For this king- 
dom of God, which is the aim of God's action 
upon the world, is the enforcement of His claim 
upon His creation. To achieve this, God needs 
our partnership.^ 

This view, long held by liberal missions, is gaining 
remarkable acceptance even among evangelical mis- 
sion societies. As a result, the purpose of missions is 
perverted. Demands are placed upon missionaries to 
change their priorities or cease their ministries. 

The present trends in missions indicate a closer 
identification of the kingdom with the Church. There 
is a great impatience on the part of a growing body of 
evangelicals, especially in the Third World. They ap- 
pear to be carrying the "Church is the Kingdom" 
theory to its logical conclusion by insisting on king- 
dom principles now. They see no reason why the 
Church should not be militant in its responsibility 
to impose righteousness, justice, and peace upon the 
societies of the world. Soon we would not be sur- 
prised to see advocates of this theory encouraging 
Christians to act unrighteously, violate justice, and 
use violence to promote these kingdom principles. It 
is no wonder that governments are taking a closer 
look at mission organizations and are sometimes re- 
fusing to issue visas to missionaries. 

Perhaps the evangelical writer who has been most 
bold in the identification of this theological position 
is Orlando Costas, who wrote a book The Church and 
Its Mission. 

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Notice carefully his reasoning as he leads his 
readers to accept the concepts of Uberation theology 
on the basis of the present reaUty of the Kingdom of 

When church growth theorists affirm that 
the aim of evangelism is the multiplication of 
the churches, they are advocating a theory that 
makes the church the end of God's mission. 
Granted that the Gospel is community-oriented 
[church-oriented] ; the question is whether the 
community is the objective or result of the 
communication of the Gospel. Or, to put in 
other terms, whether the community is an ulti- 
mate or a penultimate [secondary] goal of 
God's mission. 

Isn't the Gospel the good news of the king- 
dom? Who is the center of the kingdom-Christ 
or the Church? Who is the object of the King- 
dom—the community or the King? What is the 
aim of the Kingdom— the exercise of Christ's 
righteous, peaceful, and loving reign in heaven 
and on earth in a restored and transformed uni- 
verse or the gathering of the community to 

Doesn't the concept of "kingdom" include 
not only the government and community of 
Christ the King but also the territory over 
which He exercises His sovereignty? . . . The 
Kingdom is much larger than the Church . . . 
Thus the struggles for social justice and peace 
throughout the world may be signs of the 
presence of God's reign. ^ 

If one accepts this logic, if indeed Christ is reigning 
now on the throne of David, if Christ does want a 
righteous, loving, and peaceful reign on earth now, 
then all Christians should join the struggles for social 
justice and peace throughout the world, and we 
should put the foreign mission enterprise to work to 
attain these goals. However, be forewarned that to ac- 
cept his logic will lead to the destruction of the 
foreign mission enterprise. Why? Because social acti- 
vism—struggles for justice, human rights, economic 
and political changes, worthy as they may be— is not 
sufficient motivation to challenge Christians to get 
behind such a cause masquerading as missions. That 
goal is not the biblical goal of the church. Besides, the 
very fact that man must struggle for social justice and 
peace is a sign that the kingdom is not yet present 
(see Ps. 72:2-4). 

In evangelical circles, at least, the issue is still a 
theological blur due to the careless use by some of 
the term "kingdom" when they really mean "church." 
However, a clearer picture is beginning to emerge 
which distinguishes between "kingdom-oriented" 

missions and "church-oriented" missions. In spite of 
the wide acceptance of the concept that the church is 
the "new Israel," we must protest that the Scriptures 
support no such notion. 

It is this writer's opinion that confusion as to the 
purpose and program of Christian missions is due to a 
failure of Christians to distinguish between the Jew, 
the Gentile, and the Church of God (see 1 Cor. 
10:32). Throughout the ages, God is pursuing two 
distinct purposes: "one related to the earth with 
earthly people and earthly objectives involved, while 
the other is related to heaven with heavenly objec- 
tives involved."* This dispensational approach to the 
Scriptures has been much maligned, but it cannot be 
accused of neglecting to take the Bible seriously or of 
forcing unreasonable conclusions upon the text of 

It is time for those who hold to a dispensational 
view of history to apply the teachings of Scripture, 
as viewed from this perspective, to the present day for- 
eign mission enterprise. An anemic theological stance 
is enticing mission societies and individual mission- 
aries away from biblical priorities to goals that are 
either anti-biblical or really not the business of Chris- 
tian missions at all. 

The present age (from the birth of the Church at 
Pentecost to the Rapture) is a parenthesis in God's 
prophetic program. Out of both Jews and Gentiles, 
God is caUing and forming His Church (see Acts 
15:14-18). This body of saints belongs to the King- 
dom of God (see 2 Tim. 2:12), but is distinct from 
those Jewish saints and that Jewish nation over which 
Christ will reign during the millennial Kingdom. That 
Mediatorial Kingdom with Jerusalem as the capital 
(see Micah 4:1-2; Zech. 8:22) is not functioning on 
earth now. It will begin after the work of Christian 
missions is completed. 

To confuse the Church and the Kingdom will lead 
only to mischief in the fulfillment of the purpose and 
goals of Christian missions. 

(This article is the first installment of a series deal- 
ing with this important issue.) 

Tracy K. Jones, "What Is 'Mission' Today?" Mission 
Trends No. 1, ed. by Gerald H. Anderson and Thomas F. 
Stransky (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdman PubUshing 
Company, 1974), p. 10. 

Gunter Linnenbrink, "Witness and Service in the Mission 
of the Church," Vol. 54 of International Review of Missions 
(New York: International Review of Missions, 1965), p. 432. 

Orlando Costas, The Church and It's Mission (Wheaton: 
Tyndale House, 1974), pp. 135, 148. 

Lewis Sperry Chafer, Dispensationalism (Dallas: Hicks- 
Gaston Company, 1936), p. 448. 

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(FMS editor 's note: Steve Praetor is an 
active member of the Waipio Grace 
Brethren Church in Hawaii.) 

by Steve Proctor 

For many years I lived my life as 
it came— with no purpose. Always 
seeking recognition, I liked life; I 
enjoyed people and excitement. I 
remember when I was young I used 
to think about God, how He made 
all things and was always about us, 
knowing all we did. 

I attended a Catholic school up 
to the seventh or eighth grade. The 
"sisters," or nuns, were strict. They 
said I could be a good student if 1 
wanted to. I wasn't too large a boy 
in school, but I wanted to be part 
of the "tough guy" crowd. This 
group included me, but I wasn't 
considered a tough guy by others or 
myself. I just enjoyed their chal- 
lenging life style. 

My grandfather died when I was 
about 12. By then my mother and 
dad were separated, so when Grand- 
ma called us to come to her place in 

Colorado, we packed up and left 
California behind. Grandmother 
was very broken up about Grand- 
pa's death. I remember she was 
bedridden a long time after his 
death which had come very sud- 
denly. My mother and her sisters 
cared for Grandma during this time. 
I remember Grandma didn't seem 
to have any control or self- 
confidence in life. 

Soon after Grandpa's death, my 
grandmother was visited by Jeho- 
vah's Witnesses. I found myself going 
to meetings at Kingdom Halls 
regularly and selling Watchtower 
and Awake magazines on Saturday 
mornings with older men. Liking to 
help, I assisted in the building of a 
Hall out in the country. 

My family became more and 
more involved with this sect. Stand- 
ing in front of many, many people, 
I had to give a lecture on a part of 
Awake as a young boy. It wasn't 
too hard following the prescribed 

sequence of the magazine. Anyway, 
I didn't get anything out of those 
meetings. Usually I fell asleep. And 
I was getting a little old to lie down 
on Mom's lap. 

The best fun was the annual con- 
ventions which were held out of 
town. My friend and I always 
volunteered for the kitchen help. 
Mom let us go as she knew I was 
helping in some way and not wast- 
ing everybody's time by going to 
the lectures. My friend and 1 would 
work; but, when we could get 
away, we were into anything and 

When I was old enough to join 
the service with Mom's signature, 
1 entered the United States Marine 
Corps. In 1959, I was the youngest 
Marine on base in Memphis, Ten- 
nessee. Here I received some disci- 
pline, but I was still a lost person 
to God and also to myself as far as 
my knowing what life was about. 
I lived my life on a day-to-day 

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basis with no real meaning to exist- 
ence, only a feeling of wanting to 
be approved by the people around 
me in my daily life. 

Thinking about some of the 
situations I was in, I try to analyze 
how I felt. One time another pilot 
and I landed our weathered chop- 
per in a desolate valley hundreds of 
mUes from any town and thousands 
of miles from any civilization to 
which I was accustomed. I thouglit 
to myself, "If I were to die, nobody 
would know or care." I had no 
assurance of hfe after death, no 
knowledge of God's Word in my 

My life went on. I married and 
became a father, but my life was 
still the same after the initial excite- 
ment wore off. Concerned only 
with myself and my own desires 
and wishes, I didn't feel any more 
settled down or committed. 

I have been interested in many 
active types of endeavors, mostly 
competitive types of racing from 
dragsters to motorcycles. These 
were exciting! I look back now and 
realize this also was only another 
way of being recognized and ac- 
cepted and becoming someone in 
the eyes of this world. 1 spent most 
of my time trying to excel in com- 
petition. All my thoughts were cen- 
tered around this desire. This so 
obsessed me, I spent little time 
with, or thinking about, my family. 
My wife raised our children almost 
alone until recently. 

This same drive also existed at 
my work. As I became somewhat 
accomplished, still seeking esteem 
and recognition, 1 moved into a 
new field of fame on the world 
status-alcohol, drugs and women. 
This brought new excitement with 
a seeming release from the pressures 
of the old desires and accomplish- 
ments. I now felt I had to maintain 
a new image. 

Drugs brought me down the 

road very quickly. Before I knew it 
I was "way out" and was faced 
with having to make a choice in my 
life. A choice between this new 
thrill-drugs and all the temporary 
release they give— or my wife and 
family. I knew the way I was living 
was wrong, and I now had to make 
a real choice in my life. 

I had a real problem. My wife 
and I were on the verge of a separa- 
tion and we fought often. I didn't 
raise my three children with any 
real love— I only tolerated them. 

Now I had discovered a way out 
through drugs. But I knew this was 
only temporary, and when "down," 
things were worse; I was less able to 
cope with reality. I knew this was 
not riglit. Life became very confus- 
ing and very undesirable. 

I wanted to escape. I wanted re- 
lease, so I stayed continually 
"high" and tried to be nice to my 
family. My wife was so perfect. She 
still loved me and I knew this. This 
also made my life even more con- 
fusing. 1 started having other ideas, 
like just ending my hfe so 1 would 
not have to face anything. 

1 still worked and maintained a 
seemingly good facade of family 
life. Isn't it amazing how one can 
pretend that he doesn't have any 
problems? I know now I didn't per- 
form normally, but I acted with a 
covered-up type of a daily routine. 
1 had a dead end to my life. 

I knew a man who lived across 
the street and worked at a place 
where 1 had originally worked. We 
got to talking once and I listened to 
what he had to say. He started to 
tell me about God and what He did 
for all mankind. Immediately I be- 
came somewhat curious and also a 
bit defensive as 1 had gone around 
and around with my sisters and my 
mother concerning Jehovah's Wit- 
nesses. This man was very intent 
and asked me to come up to his 
church that evening and talk to 

someone who could answer my 

1 went to church and talked with 
the pastor. That evening 1 prayed to 
receive Christ, and I went home 
knowing I had made the best deci- 
sion of my life. 1 knew I was lead- 
ing the wrong kind of life before 
the pastor even told me about sin. 
But I didn't realize that the life 1 
had been leading was a sin against 
God. 1 had forgotten about God. 
1 hadn't forgotten about religion, 
thougli. I was even partially in- 
volved in religion. 

Soon after 1 prayed to receive 
Christ, I was by myself at work one 
day. As I read from my small New 
Testament and walked back to my 
office, the Word of God seemed to 
lift me up somehow. I don't know 
how or what happened, nor even 
what 1 had read. All I know is that 
it was true peace and comfort that 
made me want to go on. 

Ever since I started really look- 
ing into and reading God's Word, 1 
started to realize a change in my 
life. This "new man" in me has 
grown and is the dominant person- 
ality in my heart. 1 know that 
Christ will eventually fully possess 
my heart and 1 pray to that end. I 
find when 1 try to do good myself, 
1 tend to sin in other areas. I give 
myself to God daily. My thouglits 
wander, but when 1 come to God in 
prayer. He immediately protects. 

God has answered prayer in my 
life. Sometimes I stop and think of 
the power God has given through 
prayer, and this accentuates the 
fear of the Lord in me. He is a great 

God is with us. He keeps His 
promises. He wants us to love Him. 
He loves us completely through and 
through and after we realize the 
fullness of God's love and Spirit, 
our lives become blessed in the 
same fullness. Thank you. Lord, for 
saving me! 

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Rev. Leo Polman, 78, went to be with the Lord on July 4. A memorial service in his 
honor was held on July 8 at the Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. Further 
details will appear in the September Herald . 

Pastoral Migrations — Art Sprunger has assumed the pastorate of the Grace Brethren 
Church at Sterling, Ohio. Leland J. Friesen has accepted the call as pastor-teacher 
of the Grace Brethren Church, Fremont, Ohio. David E. Marksbury accepted the call 
of pastor at the Grace Brethren Church of Kent, Wash. Phillip Simmons has become 
the associate pastor of the Southern Lancaster Grace Brethren Church (Pa.). Joseph 
Podraza has accepted the call as pastor of the Grace Brethren Church in Elyria, 
Ohio. Philip C. Steele has resigned at the Basore Road Grace Brethren Church, Day- 
ton, Ohio, to take the post of pastor of the Vandalia Grace Brethren Church, Van- 
dalia, Ohio. Lee Burris has resigned from the Grace Brethren Chapel, Fremont, Ohio. 
He will be serving as associate pastor in the Grace Brethren Church, Sacramento, 
Calif. , beginning Sept. 1. Robert Crees is the supply pastor for four months at 
Waipio Grace Brethren Church in Hawaii, while Pastor and Mrs. Foster Tresise mini- 
ster in the U.S. mainland. Marvin Meeker is pastor of the new Grace Brethren church 
in Udell, Iowa. 

Dr. Charles W. Mayes went to be with the Lord on July 29, 1979, after an extended 
illness. Further details will appear in the September Herald. 

Jeff Thornley, a May graduate of Grace Seminary, joined the pastoral staff at 
Temple Hills Grace Brethren Church (Md,). His wife, Cindy (a May graduate of Grace 
College), is employed in the summer camp program at this church. Mark Witwer, who 
will be a senior at Grace Seminary this fall, is serving as a summer intern at the 
church. All three are members of the Temple Hills Grace Brethren Church. James 
Dixon, pastor. 

The congregation of the Grace Brethren Church of Grandview, Wash. , is planning 
to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of this church on 
Sept. 9. Zane Bull, pastor. 

The Southern Lancaster Grace Brethren Church (Pa.) held a ground-breaking service 
on July 29, for their new church location. Vernon J. Harris, pastor. 

The Grace Brethren Church of Clearwater, Fla. , recently acquired five acres of 
land for a new church site. The location is 2251 Nebraska Ave. Presently they 
are meeting at the corner of Coachman Rd. and Belcher in the York Masonic Bldg. 

The one-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the First Brethren Church, Johns- 
town, Pa., will be observed on September 16, 1979. Rev. Russell Ogden, pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Church, Lanham, Md. , will be the speaker for the occasion. Pasto: 
Charles Martin reports that also on this date, the church will observe dedication 
day for the rembdeled and repaired facilities which were damaged in the 1977 flood. 

Rev. Sheldon W. Snyder, 83, went to be with the Lord on July 16. The memorial ser- 
vice was held at the Grace Brethren Church, Hopewell, Pa., where he had served as 
pastor since 1948 and until his retirement a few years ago. Further details in a 
later issue. 

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!4 40 YEARS PASS - 
1949- 1959 





Dear Readers . . . 

September 3, 1979, will mark the fortieth year of service for the 
Brethren Home Missions Council. Established as the arm for Grace 
Brethren Church Extension, Brethren Home Missions has planted a 
total of 175 Grace Brethren churches in our 40-year history. 

"Churches" represent groups of believers organized for growth, 
both internally, in edification, and externally, in evangelization. The 
impact for our ministry then, is seen in the multiplication of 
believers, through effectively communicating the Gospel, and in the 
reproduction of ministries and daughter churches, stemming from a 
missionary-minded vision. As Brethren Home Missions has grown 
and expanded, likewise the Grace Brethren Fellowship has extended 
its boundaries. 

In this issue of the Herald, home mission pages tell the story of 
continued growth. Two church dedications and three ground- 
breaking services demonstrate God's continued desire to see 
communities reached for Him. Less than two years ago our Fellow- 
ship had no witness in the New England states. Now, the Grace 
Brethren Church of Irasburg, Vermont, averages close to 50 and has 
broken ground for their first building. In 1974 Pastor Ed Jackson 
arrived in Kenai, Alaska, with a desire to see that home mission 
church self-supporting. Five years later, Kenai is self-supporting and 
their daughter church at Anchorage is in the middle of a building 

The success stories of Brethren Home Missions are not limited to 
just these pages. God has abundantly blessed home mission churches 
throughout our nation. And 1979 is proving to be a very fruitful 

As Executive Secretary for the Council, it may have been easy to 
view this anniversary year as a time to simply rejoice with how God 
has worked. But I believe my Lord demands more from me than 
just that! I believe where God has brought successes in the past. He 
wants us to trust Him for even greater things in the future! We can't 
be satisfied with normal growth, we must trust Him beyond our 

Responding to the accelerating needs of our day, the Brethren 
Home Missions CouncU has organized a church planting campaign 
that is to be a challenge to our Fellowship. " 'A Bountiful Harvest," 
40th Anniversary Church Planting Campaign" challenges local 
churches to use the Brethren Home Missions Council in planting a 
total of 52 new Grace Brethren churches in the next 5 years. Based 
on our 5-year self-support program, 1984 would normally show 42 
new home mission churches on our roster. "A Bountiful Harvest" 
wiU mean trusting God for 1 new points on top of that ! 

In the months to follow, as you are asked to participate in this 
church planting venture, prayerfully say yes! 

Committed to A Bountiful Harvest, 

Executive Secretary 

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History is Mad 

by Pastor R. John Snow 

History was made on June 3, 
1979, when ground was broken for 
the first Grace Brethren building 
program in New England. Excite- 
ment was evident as more than 80 
people gathered to hear the chal- 
lenge of Dr. Lester E.Pifer followed 
by the turning of the first sod by 
Mr. Terry Prue, financial 
secretary and chairman of the 
buUding committee. This day was 
made special for Mr. Prue because 
it was in his home that the first 
Bible study was held which 
eventually led to the founding of 
the church. 

Rev. James Hunt was the teacher 
of that Bible study. Pastor Jim, his 
wife, Mary, and their family settled 

in Newport, Vermont, just south of 
the Canadian border. They were 
members of the Long Beach 
Community Grace Brethren Church 
and missionaries with the American 
Missionary Fellowship. Assigned to 
this area by his mission board, Jim 
was intent on using his gifts of 
teaching the Word of God to 
strengthen existing churches and to 
start new churches where the need 
existed. Many new families 
received Christ as Saviour as a result 
of Jim's teaching. It soon became 
apparent that the Lord would have 
the group organize into a church. 
Pastor Jim, being Grace Brethren, 
directed these new behevers to an 
understanding of the Bible doctrines 
as held by the Grace Brethren. 
In February of 1978 the first 
Grace Brethren Church in Vermont, 

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id in all of the northeast, was 

Eugene and Lorraine Webster. For 

scoop of dirt symbolizes the 

)rn by an act of the congregation 

a home mission pastor, to build a 

beginning of a new phase. What's 

■ accept the Brethren statement of 

church and to administer a school 

next? A new district with the 

ith. Upon the request of the body 

seemed like an impossible task. 

formation of new points? A Bible 

" believers, district and national 

Yet, God is able and provided us 

institute? The expansion of the 

mferences of that year voted to 

with excellent teachers and a 

Christian school? 

xept the Grace Brethren Church 

cooperative school board. The 

God knows what the next "sod" 

f Irasburg, Vermont, as part of the 

school has been a delight to observe . 

will be. We are confident that there 

ational Fellowship of Grace 

Each day God's Word is given forth 

are many other sods to turn for His 

rethren Churches. 

and memorized, along with fine 

glory here in the Northeast. The 

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Dr. Lester E. Pifer 



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The church called me to pastor 

academic standards. 

field is open and we must move in 

lIs new work in August of 1978, 

"Make disciples ....'" Jesus 

while there is still opportunity. 

nee Pastor Hunt's ministry was 

commanded us. The turning of the 

Praise the Lord for the work of 

■ntered in Bible classes and 

sod on June 3 expresses that 

Brethren Home Missions and 

■ganizing new churches. What a 

desire— a step of faith to erect a 

Northern Atlantic District Missions 

y it has been to work with these 

facility that will allow us to better 

for their wonderful support of this 

:w believers and to observe their 

reach our community for Christ 

pioneer work! Should the Lord 

:sire to learn God's Word. An 

and to more effectively house our 

tarry, we are expecting to see "the 

Ided responsibility was the 

school. "To God be the glory. 

dirt fly" in the Northeast. It has 

rection of a Christian school, 

great things He hath done . . ." and 

already started and as the Lord 

ades kindergarten through sixth, 

wUl continue to do as we are 

sends us laborers, God will expand 

hich had been functioning one 

faithful to Him. The breaking of 

this church through the faithful 

;ar and meeting in the home of 

ground is just the beginning-a 

teaching and preaching of His Word. 


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A Great day in Ma 

by Pastor Buck Summers 

That's what it was all right-a 
great one! Sunday, May 20. 1979, 
was the day we dedicated our new 
church building to the Lord. We'll 
never totally forget the happenings. 

It was a beautiful, sunny, spring 
day. Just right for a celebration. 
The promotional work had been 
done weeks in advance. The church 
people had done their "home- 
work." The building was spic and 
span (as usual). The services of the 
day were in good order. Our prayer 
right up to the minute was, "Lord, 
Your will be done." 

The day began with our Sunday 
school of the Bible, attended by 
100 people. The adults were tauglit 
by Rev. Jesse B. Deloe. He finished 
up our study of his text, Sweeter 
Than Honey. It was a joy to have 
our people get to know him per- 

Our morning worship service was 
attended by 141. I preached on the 
subject, "Telling It Like It Is," 
from 2 Corinthians 4:1-6. We have 
been studying from this book and 
the text fit right in with the events 
of the day. Mr. Dave Ogden of 
Allentown, Pennsylvania, minis- 
tered with vocal and piano selec- 
tions. Jesse Deloe also shared in a 
missions moment. Eight public de- 
cisions giving testimony of salvation 
and church membership were made 
at the close of the service. 

At 3 p.m. a packed house of 273 
witnessed and participated in the 
dedication service. It was a good 
feeling to have this record attend- 
ance for the first of what we trust 
to be a number of dedication serv- 
ices in our church life and ministry. 
Following a 20-minute prelude by 
Dave Ogden, our service of celebra- 
tion and dedication began. It was a 
great sound— all those voices singing 
the opening hymn, "Praise Him! 
Praise Him!" That is what we really 
gathered to do. It was our desire to 
give praise to God for all that has 
been happening here at Chambers- 
burg Grace Brethren Church. 

It was my joy to welcome the 
people who came from so many 
different places to share in the serv- 
ice. Greetings were given by Rev. 
W. Carl Miller (chairman of the 
Mid-Atlantic District Mission 
Board), Rev. Jesse B. Deloe (Direct- 
or of Church Relations, Foreign 

Missionary Society of the Fe 
ship of Grace Brethren Chun 
and Rev. Ralph C. Hall (arcl 
and professional engineer 
Brethren Building Ministries). 
Testimonies, as to " 
Chambersburg Grace Bre 
Church Means to Us," were 
by some of our congregation. I 
also good to have various peo] 
our church body participal 
other parts of the service: tf 
fertory was played by Mrs. > 
Heckman and Miss Brenda Wi 
(a piano duet); the invocatioi 
given by Mr. Harold Wis 
deacon); the offertory praye: 
given by our other deacon, Mr 
Allison; Scripture was read b; 
teacher of our teens and a mi; 
ary with the Children's Bible 
sion of South Central Pennsyh 
Mr. John B. Bayer, Jr.; the 
diction was given by Mr. ( 
Miller, one of the founders o 

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I ;hurch; Miss Brenda Wingert played 
he postlude; and I had the privilege 
)f introducing each one and saying 
iomething about their good minis- 

Mr. Ed Heckman, our church 
worship song leader, led in the 
lymn, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our 
od," before we asked everyone to 
"Isarticipate in the dedicatory re- 
liponse. Then I presented Mr. Gary 
Engle, our superintendent of con- 
jstruction, who gave the prayer of 
jdedication. When I asked Gary to 
jbe on our program, he said, "You 
jilways ask reverends to do that." 
jTo that I replied, "But I'm asking 
iyou!" My reasoning was simply 
jthis, very few times does a church 
get to have a Ghristian head its con- 
struction. I cannot say enough 
about the dedication and abilities 
of Gary Engle. We are very thankful 
.and proud of the quality of our 

Dave Ogden ministered a num- 
ber of times in this service, too. He 
did such a fine job in ministering 
to us throughout the day. FoUow- 
jing his final selection, Rev. Luke 
iKauffman, senior pastor of the 
j Grace Brethren Ghurch of Myers- 
jtown, Pennsylvania, delivered the 
dedicatory address. 
I The "Faith and Hope Singers," 
concluded this special day. These 
four young adults are from the 
I Chambersburg area. Two of them. 

Miss Brenda Wingert and Mr. Daryl 
Grider, are members of our church. 
Ninety-five people came to this 

Needless to say, but Em going 
to, it was a very meaningful day for 
me. How well I can remember those 
beginning days back in August of 
1975. And now to look at what 
God has allowed me to be a part of. 

In those first' days we had 10 
people gather for prayer and Bible 
study. Of these folk, I was the only 
one with any knowledge of the 
Brethren Home Missions program 
within the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Ghurches. In fact, they 
didn't know much about Grace 
Brethren period— only what I had 
told them. 

Following three and one-half 
months of Wednesday evening Bible 
studies and Sunday evening services 
in homes, the church rented a 
building in Ghambersburg. After 
about two years there we were 
asked to move. A youth center 
three miles south of town became 
available and was our meeting place 
for the next months until we 
moved into our new building last 
March. It surely is good to be in a 
building we can call "home." So 
much has happened in our lives and 
ministry in the past forty-seven 

The assistance of the Brethren 
Home Missions Gouncil and the 

Mid-Atlantic Mission board has 
been appreciated so very much. The 
Council has given our church guid- 
ance, stability, and financial help. 
Our district has helped in paying 
my salary and with our daily one- 
minute radio spots, "A Summers' 
Breeze." They have also assisted 
through the gifts from people and 
churches in the purchase of our 
land and building needs. 

Our faithful people deserve 
much credit for what is happening 
here at Chambersburg GBG. They 
are faithful in their attendance, sup- 
port of me, and the total church 
ministry. Ghurch "Pioneers" are a 
special group! 

Our philosophy of ministry re- 
mains the same as it was in the 
beginning: fulfilling the Great 
Commission through the personal 
development of lives-mentally, 
physically, socially, and spiritually. 
We also put a big emphasis on 
families. The Bible is taught sys- 
tematically with much attention 
given to the doctrines of the Chris- 
tian faith. It is then applied to our 
daily living. It is my desire to see 
each of us living the Christian life 
style 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. 
Jesus Christ must be Lord, totally. 

Much more has been happening 
in our lives which cannot be written 
in this article due to space. I simply 
invite you to "Come and See at 

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"Unto the praise of His glory!" was chosen as the 
building theme of Anchorage Grace~and for 
reasons . Let me tell you about it! 

Less than a year ago we were a small group of about 
30 believers in search of suitable property for a church 
building. We knew that available land was scarce and the 
cost prohibitive. So we began to pray for our "mission 

We had less than $2,000 in our land fund and no idea 
where "our land" would be found. But within a few 
short weeks we had purchased five acres with a down 
payment of $30,000 (a gift from the Northwest district). 

From the beginning we established as our prayer goal, 
the total purchase of our land ($95,000) by the time we 
occupied the building. Less than a year later God has 
sovereignly supplied over $55,000, almost entirely from 

"To tin 

sources apart from our local assembly. 

There have been hurdles to cross. In 
fact, just three months ago the munici- 
pality of Anchorage had denied our 
zoning exception request and our 
building loan had been turned down, 
dead in the water! But within the last 
month we have celebrated our ground 
breaking. Max and Mary Ellen Fluke 
have arrived with their building exper- 
tise, and the foundation of the build- 
ing is already poured! God is so good 
and faithful! 

How grateful we are to each of you, 
the Brethren Home Missions Council, 
and the Brethren Investment Founda- 

tion which the Lord had used to make all this possible. On Sunday, May 27 
Bob Thompson and Mr. Homer Waller represented the BHMC at our ground- 
breaking service. Both Mr. Waller at the building site and Dr. Thompson in the 
morning service challenged us to the opportunity and responsibility before us. We 
deeply appreciate the ministry of these two men in our midst. More than ever we 
are aware that "unto the praise of His glory" is the only philosophy of life worth 
giving one's self. 


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Now "mission impossible" is v 
ing a reality. Ahead is the challeng 

Just a few weeks ago we praj 
fessed their salvation. We prayed f 
Shari, and Shirley Standish. One ; 
the sale of Loren and Berne Dalms 
ing to Anchorage to direct our chi 


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rpetual praise unto Him! 
Mid Francis. They have now publicly con- 
i|she responded to the witness of my wife, 
'ii fasted and prayed as a church body for 
iialifornia-that day it sold! (Loren is com- 
lith ministries.) As we live for the praise of 

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churches are built! 

Hebrews 13:15 says to perpetually offer the sacrifice of praise (thanksgiving). 
There is no character trait more becoming to the Christian than a grateful 
spirit. The same is true of a church family. As we proceed into the weeks and 
years until He comes, our desire is to be known as a grateful church— a prais- 
ing church! And that's a church God will use "unto the praise of His glory!" 

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Secretary Dr. L. L. Grubb 

carrying on the home mission vision 

Miss Angie Garber serves her Lord at 
the Navajo Mission (1955) 


A Brethren Home Missions Photographic Series, Part II 

Dryhill, Kentucky, mission has become a 
reality— Miss Evelyn Fuqua beginning her 
ninth year of ministry (1959) 

/ /■' 

Construction at the first Grace Brethren church to be 
organized in Florida (Fort Lauderdale, 1956) 

Above: Ground break- 
ing at Harrisburg, Penn- 
sylvania—Layman Clair 
Miller with shovel, A. 
Rollin Sandy far right 

Right: Brethren Con- 
struction Company 
organized and 
functioning (1952) 

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Hope Fulfilled 

by Pastor Joe Podraza 

June 10, 1979, was by far the 
greatest day in the history of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Hope, 
New Jersey. At 3:00 p.m. over 300 
people assembled to see the congre- 
gation dedicate themselves anew to 
the Lord, along with offering the 
physical structure made of bricks 
and mortar for the Lord's use. It 
was also one of the largest gather- 
ings that has taken place in the long 
history of the Hope community 
which has a population of 320. 

The work, which culminated on 
June 10, began in April of 1977 
when Earl Tarr (chairman of the 
Land Search Committee), gave his 
final report to the congregation 
that a building site of nearly four 
acres had been secured. The congre- 
gation enthusiastically responded 
by electing a building committee. 
Stanley Dick, owner of a local 
plumbing and heating supply store, 
was elected the chairman. Other 
members of this committee were 
Earl Tarr and his wife, Dorothy; Ed 
Hey; John Wisner; Richard Peschell; 
and me and my wife, Diane. 

This committee functioned for 
26 months and spent more than 
200 hours in session endeavoring to 
meet the various challenges placed 
before it. For example, it took 6 
months of red tape trying to ob- 
tain a building permit. Then after 
securing the first building permit, 
the state implemented new uniform 
building code laws forcing local 
municipalities to comply. This 
voided our first permit and it took 

us another 6 months to obtain the 
second one, but now to the tune of 
$1,500. Midway through construc- 
tion we realized the total cost of 
the project was going to run 
$13,000 over available funds. Yes, 
we had many exciting times to- 

The key man arrived on the 
scene June 1, 1978. Harry 
Fahnestock, a member of the 
Myerstown Grace Brethren Church, 
left his secular employment in 
Lebanon, Pennsylvania, to work for 
the Lord as our construction super- 
intendent being responsible to our 
architect. Rev. Ralph Hall of Breth- 

First, Harry had to see that all 
phases of the work were completed 
according to the specifications sup- 
plied to him by Mr. Hall, but then 
those were not necessarily the will 
of the local planning board. The 
building inspector and the township 
engineer at times had other ideas on 
how things should be done. The 
project was also scrutinized by the 
Soil Conservation branch of the De- 
partment of Agriculture. Then, of 
course, there was the building com- 
mittee to please, a board of eight 
people which Harry and the Lord 
strove to help become as one mind. 

Next came the contractors. 

ren Building Ministries. There are 
not many men in the world who 
could do the excellent job Harry 
did, and at the same time work 
with as many groups of conflicting 

who, aside from trying to cut 
corners in every possible way, 
would often have a few ideas of 
their own on how things should be 
done. Finally, from time to time a 
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stop by or maybe someone from 
the community, and they were so 
happy to be able to offer Harry 
their advice on things of their 
particular interest. As you can see, 
Harry not only had to work with 
things but also with people. 

Most important of all, he never 
lost sight of the individual needs 
that each person had. There was 
not one contractor with whom 
Harry did not share his faith in 
Christ. All knew where Harry 
stood, and they loved and respected 
him for it. He was also a great en- 
couragement to our local flock as 
he never missed a prayer meeting, 
being there every week on his knees 
praying for the spiritual growth and 
maturity of our congregation. All 
of this he did while only travehng 
home on weekends to be with his 
wife and family. 

eternal reward for the labor of love 
he gave. 

Another man who was a major 
factor in the successful completion 
of our building program was 
Stanley Dick. I consider myself 
very fortunate and blessed of God 
to have a layman like Stanley in the 
congregation. Stanley labored eight 
to twelve hours a day, six days a 
week, for several months without 

ent Harry 

congregation as "a man sent from 
God." I thank God for Stanley, and 
only the Lord knows what would 
have happened without him. 

We thank the Lord for the great 
dedication day He gave us. Many 
people who attended traveled as far 
as 110 miles from other Grace 
Brethren Churches in our Northern 
Atlantic District to help us cele- 
brate the dedication of this build- 
ing. No less than 15 pastors were 
present representing their congre- 
gations and extending congratula- 
tions to us. How could anyone fail 
with that kind of interest and sup- 
port behind them. 

I am sure every heart was stirred 
that afternoon as Rev. Luke E. 
Kauffman, pastor of the Myerstown 
Grace Brethren Church, delivered a 
challenging message from 1 Co- 
rinthians 13 on the imperative of 

Building committee, 
left to right: John 
Wisner, Ed Hey, Mr. & 
Mrs. Earl Tarr, Stanley 
Dick (chairman), Joe 
Podraza (pastor), not 
shown, Mrs. Diane 

At the dedication service, Harry 
was awarded a plaque as an expres- 
sion of appreciation from our con- 
gregation for the fine work which 
he did. But the Lord Himself only 
knows the greatness of Harry's building. He is described by our 

any renumeration, assisting the 
construction superintendent. Dur- 
ing that time, he left his business in 
the hands of his wife and em- 
ployees in order to work on the 

love for the establishing and con- 
tinuing ministry of our church. We 
thank God that He has enabled us 
to reach this milestone, but at the 
same time we realize that our work 
and ministry in this community are' 
only beginning. The building is up, 
and now we must focus all of our 
attention on people and their 
needs. As Pastor Kauffman said, we 
must let the Lord Jesus Christ love 
people through us, loving them 
with His perfect love. As we do 
that, this work and ministry will 
never fail. 

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Clturelt Cottstruetiou 

Accountant's Corner 
by Larry N. Chamberlain 

Banks and savings and loan 
associations are facing a heavy 
demand for money this sum- 
mer. Capital expansion by in- 
dustry and new home con- 
struction by famihes and de- 
velopers are in strong demand, 
seemingly irrespective of 
record high interest rates and 
dismal economic indicators. 
For many financial insti- 
tutions, this high demand for 
loans has outpaced the growth 
of deposits which are neces- 
sary to finance this expansion 
of the economy. 

The demand for new 
churches is also high, reflected 
by new church construction 
this year at Anchorage, Alaska; 
Irasburg, Vermont; Southern 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and 
Alta Loma, California. These 
congregations, with the guid- 
ance and assistance of the 
Brethren Home Missions 
Council, have elected by faith 
to build a testimony for Christ 
in their communities despite 
adverse economic conditions 
and the tight supply of 

Fortunately, these churches 
do not have to pay a high in- 
terest rate for their building 
needs. All of these churches 
are acquiring financing and 
mortgages through the Breth- 
ren Investment Foundation 
and, consequently, these 
churches will save many 
thousands of dollars in the 
years to come. The money 
they save will help to pay for 


increased ministries of evangel- 
ism and discipleship. 

But, in this respect, permit 
me to share with you a 
definite need. 

The Brethren Investment 
Foundation is not immune to 
economic pressures and condi- 
tions. Because of inflation and 
other factors, many people are 
saving less and this affects the 
Brethren Investment Founda- 
tion as well as other lending 
institutions. The funds neces- 
sary to finance the four 
projects mentioned above will 
total over one million dollars! 
In order to finance these proj- 
ects, we have a definite need 
for more people who are will- 
ing to share a portion of their 
savings by investing in a Breth- 

ren Investment Foundation 
savings account. It is such an 
easy thing to do, yet will be so 
very helpful in this unique and 
important ministry of church 

If you are interested in 
learning more about the 
Brethren Investment Founda- 
tion, I would encourage you 
to write and I would be happy 
to send you a new account 
form along with a personal 
"thank you" for your re- 
sponse. The address is: Breth- 
ren Investment Foundation, 
Inc., Attn: Larry N. Chamber- 
lain; P. O. Box 587, Brethren 
Missions Building; Winona 
Lake, Indiana 46590. 

We look forward to a great 
year of church construction as 
God answers our prayers and 
as testimonies are built for 

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by Pastor Gary Nolan 

From an original Bible class to a recent 
ground-breaking service, God has been build- 
ing His church at Alta Loma, California. The 
ground-breaking ceremony held May 20, 
1979, represents this congregation's commit- 
ment in estabhshing a permanent gospel wit- 
ness in their community. This commitment 
was first seen in the vision of two men from 
the Bible Brethren Church of Glendora, 
Cahfornia-Ken Shively (layman), and Pastor 
Ken Churchill. When God matched the vision 
of Ken Shively and Ken Churchill with the 
desires of Sandy Fairchild (an Alta Loma resi- 
dent), a Bible class developed. 

Meeting in the home of the Fairchild 
family, this Alta Loma Bible class grew to 
over 20 people before calling a pastor. Rev. 
Gary Nolan, who was an associate pastor of 

the North Long Beach Brethren Church, ai 
cepted the call and began his ministry i 
August of 1977. When the Fairchild's horn 
could no longer meet the needs of the grov 
ing church, the group of believers moved t 
the Alta Loma High School. Continuing t 

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i; starting at left 

1 ging in" Layman 
/ Fairchild with 
1; Pastor Gary Nolan, 
; Ken Shively, left 

(Ken Churchill shares 
Bion for Alta Loma 

Loma congregation 
ng at high school 


! ing of church build- 

meet in an activity room, the congregation 
averages around 100 people for morning wor- 

Having purchased five acres of property, 
with the assistance of the Brethren Invest- 
ment Foundation and the Brethren Home 
Missions Council, the Alta Loma congregation 
is seeing their building dreams materialize. 
Designed by Richard Vander Meulen, A.l.A. 

(American Institute of Architects), this first- 
phase building would be 5,364 square feet 
and will include a room for fellowship and 
worship, along with overflow rooms opening 
up to seat around 250 people. Nursery rooms, 
classrooms and offices will also add to the 
convenience of this facility. 

The ground-breaking service was exciting 
with members of the church along with other 
friends from Southern California meeting to 
praise God for the way in which He is build- 
ing this church. Pastor Ken Churchill brought 
the challenge and Dr. Robert Thompson gave 
greetings from the Brethren Home Missions 
Council and the Brethren Investment Founda- 
tion. Ken Shively and Sandy Fairchild broke 
the ground and Pastors David Goodman and 
Keith Zook led in prayer. 

august '79 


GBC Christian Education 

P.O. Box 365 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Executive Director: Pastor Knute Larson 
Director of Youtli Ministries: Ed Lewis 
Director ofSiVIIVi: Judy Asfiman 
Assistant Director: Kevin Muggins 

hoping to help in Christian ed. 

youth, and church growth 

For Clockwatchers, our Conference Theme 

I used to hear that yesterday was the time. 

Now they're saying today is, and that it's 
almost past. 

I get a little confused. 

And then I remember that all the time is 
the time! 

John Wesley, in one of those famous stories 
from the past, was asked what he would do if 
he knew he were going to die at midnight that 
night. His answer: "I would proceed to my 
friend's house at Tewkesburg . . ." and on he 
went with plans for the evening and going to 

His point was good: always ready. Prayed 
up. Faithful. 

Now is the time for that. 

Now is the time for all men and women to 
be involved in faithfully sharing Christ and 
serving Him and others through the Body of 
Christ, the Church. 

Now is the time to care what is happening 
in the youth, children, and adult areas of 
Christian education at your church and to do 
what you can to make them better. 

Now is the time to pray. 

Now is the time to celebrate the grace of 
Christ and how rich and good it is. 

"Redeeming the time" is a verse for now. 

While the Return of Christ is motivational, 
it seems clear we should be serving carefully 
even if we suspect it might be awhile. "The 
love of Christ constrains us," and that love is 
all the time. 

And the only part of that time we really 
have is now. 

I guess now is the time! 

Don't let 

the Ice Cream 


I had the nicest surprise the other day: two half- 
gallons of ice cream— one sherbet and one mint 
chocolate chip— two favorites In our family. And I 
brought them home after an impulse purchase be- 
cause they were on sale and I love my family. 


Bigger surprise: I left them on the back seat of the 
car overnight. Yuk! 

Lesson: refrigeration is rather essential. 

And I thought about how we often celebrate the 
great surprise or joy of new birth in the church, but 
often forget the care and feeding of the newborn. 
Like refrigeration for ice cream, it is essential. 

And that means every church has got to constantly 
be clearing agendas to evaluate Christian education 
and follow-up of the church. Without the stronghold 
of the church and its nurture, new believers easily melt. 

Some essentials are clear: 

1. One person responsible for helping and getting 
into the Word and study material, teaching how to 
pray and grow. 

2. Getting into a small group of believers for follow- 
up and study. 

3. Friends in the church. Be sure you are not bound 
to a clique that takes too much of your time and 
prevents your embrace of new people. 

4. Teaching about baptism and church membership 
and involvement. 

5. Connection with a pastor so the shepherd relation- 
ship is possible. 

6. Prayer. People responsible to set a prayer guard 
around the new believer. 

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The first biannual national District 
Patroness Seminar was held April 6-8, 
1979. The location was the Grace 
Brethren Church in Winona Lake. 
Judy Ashman, director of SIVIM, led 
the information-packed three-day 

Fourteen women participated. 

representing district leadership in SMM 
for twelve districts. Two districts were 
unable to send representatives. 

The basic purpose of the seminar 
was to equip the district patronesses to 
provide the local SMM programs with 
more leadership and aid. It was a re- 
fresher course in the purpose of SMM, 
its organization, and how it fits into 
the picture with other youth program- 

The response was overwhelming. 
The success of the weekend will be 
seen in what takes place in district and 
local SMM programs. But the story is 
told in the comments of the 14 district 

"The entire presentation and time 
spent was so valuable. The material 
passed out to take home will be a tre- 
mendous help, especially when a dis- 




trict patroness is just starting out." 

"I wish that all patronesses could 
have attended." 

"The seminar was a special blessing 
to me, personally, in a very spiritual 
way as well as informative, challeng- 
ing, and a true learning experience. . . . 
I have gained new insights, new con- 
cepts, new desires, and new ways of 
applying the learning." 

"I am excited about the new ideas 
that we can take back to our districts' 
girls' work, and the fellowship that we 
ladies have shared here provided me 
personally with a spiritual uplift. I am 
grateful to my district WMC ladies 
who provided this special oppor- 

"It has been great to hear how 
other districts do their thing. Thanks 
for the opportunity." 

"A high point has been the discus- 
sions of district and local problems. 
This was an excellent time to get new 
ideas and see needs to improve and 
evaluate our program." 

"The workshop was helpful and 
really got me enthused all over again!" 

Praise the Lord, and thanks to Judy 
for the special touch she added to 
planning and carrying out a most 
profitable time. 







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A computer-evaluated Sunday school report of the 
JUNE Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 








Winona Lake, Ind. 

Charles Ashman 

Tracey Owen 



Simi Valley, Calif. 

John Gillis 

Harold Ball 


Union, Ohio 

Ron Picard 

Carl Trimble 



Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 

Sonny Thayer 

Robert Gordon 



Modesto, Calif. (Big Valley) 

David Seifert 

Harlan Vanden Bosch 




Russell Ogden 

Andrew Knighting 



Leesburg, Ind. 

Ralph Burns 

John Sherman 


Montclair, Calif. 

Duane Bartle 

John Sweetman 



Johnstown, Pa. (Geistown) 

Jerry Allebach 

Paul Ream 


Kansas City, Mo. 

Robert Whited 



Yucca Valley, Calif. 

Roger Mayes 


One Year Later, "Church of the Year" 

Still Going Up 

Last year we, GBC Christian Education, named Big Valley Grace Community Church of Modesto, 
California, as "Church of the Year." But for Big Valley, it didn't stop there. The year 1978-79 has 
brought much more. 

"Look, and be amazed! You will be astourided at what I am about to do! For I am going to do 
something in your own lifetime that you will have to see to believe" (Hab. 1:5 LB). 

If a church could have a "life verse," 
Big Valley would choose Habakkuk 
1:5. Beginning his ministry in March 
1977, Dr. David Seifert witnessed 
God's daily presence in the church as 
it grew from an original 67 to well 
over 500. With a current theme of 
"Together We Build in 1979," the 
challenges are even greater. 

"I think the worst thing that could 
happen to Big Valley would be to kick 
back and not move forward ... to ac- 
cept the same goals which we had last 
year," says Pastor Seifert. 

Not "kicking back" means trusting 
God for the unbelievable— like 
$500,000 for a new building program. 
In the summer of 1978, the leadership 
of Big Valley Grace believed that God 
could supply their needs. Convinced 
that an abundance of funds would be 
supplied if members and friends gave 
according to God's leading (see Ex. 
36:1-7), the church directed their fund 
raising internally. 

With such faith, God blessed. At the 
end of the fund-raising drive, $51 5,000 
over and above regular giving was com- 
mitted during a three-year period. The 
congregation didn't respond arbitrari- 
ly, but rather their sacrificial giving 
resulted from a strategy. 

Finding help from Resource Serv- 
ices (Dallas, Texas), Big Valley adopt- 
ed the "Together We Build" program. 
Successfully used by many Western 
and Midwestern non-Brethren 

churches, the thrust of this program 
was a proper instruction on steward- 
ship, which led God's people to give 

For Big Valley Grace, the "total 
program" began in September 1978. 
Rev. Howard Cargill (Church Con- 
sultant for Resources Services) pre- 
sented the fund-raising drive before 
the congregation for approval and sup- 
port. Once committed to the program, 
a systematic, organizational structure 
unfolded which eventually led to the 
participation of 100 lay leaders. 

Working with eight lay leaders, a 
campaign director and seven steering 
committee members, Mr. Cargill 
trained leadership, set up future 
organizational structures and evaluated 
progress. Three months of such 
preparation led to a "Why I Love My 
Church" banquet. 

In that three-month building period, 
hostesses were trained, canvassers were 
secured and prepared, stewardship ser- 
mons were preached, Sunday school 
lessons on sacrificial giving were pre- 
sented (for all ages), prayer-visitation 
reached each homes (informing them 
and asking them to pray for success), 
promotional materials were developed, 
public financial commitments were 
made by key leaders and the total pro- 
gram leadership revealed their com- 
bined commitment of $348,392. 

The groundwork which was laid 
paid off the next week as they person- 
ally visited the remaining families to 
receive an additional $166,608 in 
three-year commitments, surpassing 
the "Hallelujah Goal" of $500,000. 

Certainly God moved in the hearts 
of His people and brought the necessary 
building funds. Advance planning and 
a carried-out strategy were the tools 

with which He worked. 

And what about now? What is left 
of the program? 

"Together We Build in 1979" means 
people! As construction is underway 
for new facilities, the leaders have 
taken their eyes off themselves, and 
are looking again to the community 
for continued growth. "There's a 
natural tendency for the church to 
serve itself. While whatever we sell we 
must service . . . and meet the needs of 
our people ... if our people are really 
going to be the extension of the eyes, 
ears, hands and feet of Jesus, then we 
need to emphasize training and moti- 
vating to reach out and touch the lives 
of many others." 

Part of that training involves trusting 
God for greater goals. "Our faith has 
to grow. You see, our people have 
grown. That means we have more re- 
sources and we have more energy than 
we ever had before. It means we ought 
to see more results than what we have 
seen before. The goals have to be 
greater. We have to believe God for 
greater things." 

"Together We Build in 1979" not 
only means being good stewards of 
God's resources and growing in His 
grace, but "Together We Build" also 
means many new families for 1979. 

Growth from last year to date: New 
members 162; baptisms, 94; increase 
in morning worship, 190; increase in 
Sunday school, 128; with approxi- 
mately 250 meeting for home Bible 
studies and Awana groups at the mid- 

august '79 


(£CUTIVie \ 


k«_— -^ President 

James Dixon (79) 

Vice President 

Bill Snell ('80j 


John Willett ('81) 

Members at Large 

David Seifert ('80) 

Edwin Cashman ('79) 

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B0/1RD / 

Through 1979 



Mick Rockafellow 

Vernon Harris 

Roy Halberg 

1. Hudson Thayer 

Bernie Simmons 

Galen Lingenfelter 

Charles Thornton 

Roger Wambold 

David Plaster 
Galen Wiley 

Associate Director 
Youth IVIinistries 

Ed Lewis 

Executive Director 

Knute Larson 

Director of SMIVI 

Judy Ashman 

Assistant Director 

Kevin Hoggins 

Administrative Assistants Assistant to Directors 

Ginny Toroian Brian Roseborough 

Gladys Deloe 
Bool<l<eeper: Mary Jones, Secretarial Assistant: Crystal 
Roseborough, Materials Secretary: Debbi Neuenschwander, 
Shipping: Sheila Boian 

Edwin Cashman 
Roy Glass 
Forrest Jackson 
Galen Lingenfelter 

Russ Ogden 
David Plaster 
Mick Rockafellow 
David Seifert 

Bill Snell 
Charles Thornton 
Roger Wambold 
Galen Wiley 
John Willett 

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Kevin Muggins 
Joins CE Staff 

Kevin Muggins (left) and Knute Larson. 

GBC Christian Education and its directors joyfully an- 
nounce the appointment of Kevin Muggins as assistant 
director in the ministry, effective August 23. 

Pastor Muggins begins this ministry in our national of- 
fice after four very productive years as youth pastor and 
assistant pastor at Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio. 
Before that, while studying at Grace Seminary, he had 
served as youth pastor at Winona Lake GBC (Indiana). 

Main responsibilities with Christian Ed will be direction 
for the new "CE Youth Programs" and other ways of 
sharing with Ed Lewis, director of youth ministries; and 
seminar and general-adult input for the Christian Education 
ministries to our churches. 

Kevin and his wife, Tina, have two daughters, Christi and 

Me will be having a dual ministry in Christian education, 
serving simultaneously as chaplain at Grace College. 

CE's executive director, Knute Larson, feels the addition 
will expand the department's ministry to churches: "For 
one thing, it will enable us to do more with seminars, which 
are a real strength of Kevin. Also, it will provide an asso- 
ciate for Ed in the mushrooming area of youth ministries 
that are ours. Ed and I are excited that someone with so 
much care and ability in youth ministries could join us." 

While at Ashland, the Mugginses were responsible for 
ministries in senior high and junior high areas, with develop- 
ment of a post-high ministry team and class also on their 
list. Many small groups for growth and one-on-one meetings 
were a strength of their pastorate, as well as the larger 
groups for teaching and celebration. 

They have also led "Operation Barnabas" teams for 
three summers, and a "Timothy Team" out of Ashland for 
CE this last school year. 

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Women Manifesting 

Mssionary SBinhdays 


{If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 28 and 29 
of the 1979 Grace Brethren Annual.^ 


Mrs. Bruce Paden October 1 1 

Rev. Marvin Goodman October 20 

Samuel Leonard Paden October 27, 1975 

Rev. Robert Skeen October 31 


Rev, Tim Farner October 1 

Rev. George Johnson October 5 


Jacqueline Sue Julien October 19, 1964 

Joel PhiUp Gegner October 22, 1967 

Marc Andre Gegner October 23, 1975 


Rev. J. Paul Dowdy October 18 

Mrs. Bill Burk October 18 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Mrs. Roy Snyder October 20 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 


wmc o((iciarij 

Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Hwy., Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590 

1st Vice President- 
Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) Risser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

2nd Vice President- 
Mrs. Walter (Emma) Fretz, 413 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 2065 Lefevre Road, Troy, Ohio 45373 

Assistant Secretary- 
Mrs. Tom (Donna) Miller, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer- 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer— 

Mrs. Tom (Geneva) Inman, 2244 Fernwood Dr., Colorado 
Springs, Colo. 80190 

Literature Secretary- 
Mrs. Lloyd (Mary Lois) Fish, Box 264, R. R. 8, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R. R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, 
Ind. 46580 

Prayer Chairman- 
Mrs. Harold (Ada) Etiing, 803 Esplanade, Winona Lake, Ind. 

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Send before September 10, 1979 

Goal - $7,000 



-ir august '79 


by Judy K. Dilling 

Martinsburg, Pennsylvania 

As I polished the antique spool case that 
doubles as an end table in our home, 1 re- 
flected on the beautiful things man has made 
that have survived the years and become 
cherished antiques. Pieces belonging to our 
own ancestors are especially cherished for 
their beauty and sentiment. 1 silently thanked 
God for my American heritage. My heritage- 
how precious! But wait, there is a greater 
heritage I have— that of being a chUd of God, 
related to Jesus, the King. Have you thanked 
God lately for the rich heritage that is ours 
through the blood of Christ? 

by Linda Hoke 

Reaching another milestone in the game of 
life is not always easy. Folks joke and kid 
about age and commercials teU us we're not 
getting older but better, and yet I wonder. 

I celebrated my birthday this year with a 
bang. When someone reaches mid-thirties she 
should be passed the toddler stage. Right? 
Well, someone forgot to tell my legs that 
truth and while I ran downstairs to catch my 
eight year old to give her lunch money for the 
day, my legs failed to keep up with my head. 
That's right, you guessed it. I tumbled. 

As I sit with my fractured leg elevated I 
have much time to ponder. There is a mock- 
ingbird sitting outside my window and al- 
though I have tried in vain to see him as he 
sings, 1 know he is there. The only time I have 
not heard him is when I struggle with crutches 
and stand with binoculars in hand to see him. 
Then he quits. But at the same time I also 
know that I have someone inside me who 
doesn't quit when I look for Him, but con- 
tinually gives me inner strength and keeps me 
singing His praises even though temporarily 
set aside. Look at it this way, maybe I would 
not have heard the mockingbird while I was 
running around. God's spirit, too, sometimes 
has a much better audience when the body is 


— Sort out and distribute job descriptions to 
new officers if you haven't done so yet. If 
retiring officers could give insight to new 
officers as to what is expected of them through- 
out the year, the transition will be much easier. 
Consider a coffee break or something similar 
where retiring officers and new ones meet for 
transition. If it is not possible to get everyone 
together at once, maybe individual officers 
could meet. This might be especially good if 
some officers are trading jobs. 

— Remember to check out projects with the 
national first vice president and receive her ap- 
proval before collecting money, especially for 
any national based organization. 

— Set up a projected growth chart for the 
next 12 months. Be reaUstic in setting reach- 
able goals for Bible reading, new members, 
attendance. "But grow in grace and in the 
knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ 
(2 Peter 3:18 NASB). 

— Send notes to members who missed the 
monthly meetings. Inform them of business 
discussed and blessings received. Everyone likes 
to know they were missed. A telephone call 
will also serve if postage is too high for your 
current expense budget. 

— Literature needs for WMC groups can be 
filed with the national WMC literature secretary 
via the new order blank for literature to be 
found in the new program packet. With each 
order, you will receive in return with your 
suppHes another blank for your next hterature 
order. Keep this on file for future use. 

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0(fl CfO? 

Through the WMC studies of 1 978-79 we have learned how to be joyful in spite of 
circumstances, in spite of people and in spite of things. If we have put into practice the 
lessons we have studied, we have found God's way to defeat that old enemy "worry." Now, 
we should be in exactly the right attitude of heart and mind to be ready to be "Sent of 
God" into whatever service He has planned for us. That is the theme of the 1 979-80 WMC 
year. The program packet is filled with many unique and exciting ideas to make your WMC 
meetings as different as you desire. The main emphasis is on MISSIONS. The "Variety 
Ideas" pages give numerous suggestions around which you can structure your entire program 
or that you can use to emphasize the "missions" part of the agenda. The key word of this 
material is "flexibihty." Adapt it to your needs! Information on each mission field is 
included in the packet. 

The Bible studies, too, are different. They are not the kind you can read verbatim. 
The lesson plans include a searching of Scripture for the answers to questions, a learning 
together process. They were written by Miss Ruth Snyder and edited by the devotional 
program committee. The studies outline where God has sent His servants in the past and 
how these same areas of service are available to us in today's world if we are willing to hear 
His "sending" voice, calling us to our responsibilities. Some of the areas covered are: 

Sent of God . 
Sent of God . 
Sent of God . 
Sent of God . 
Sent of God . 
Sent of God . 
Sent of God . 
Sent of God . 
Sent of God . 
Sent of God . 
Sent of God . 
Sent of God . 

to Go— Isaiah 
to Prepare— Peter 
to Purity— Enoch 
to Labor— Dorcas 
to Give— Ezra 
to Love— Stephen 
to Sacrifice— Abraham 
to Witness— Lydia 
to Pray— Jochebed 
to Victory— Joshua 
to Obey— Esther 
to Rewards— You and I 

Let us pray that the Lord will bless this material and use it, not just for our enjoyment 
but for changing our lives, giving us a vision of our responsibilities and a mission to go wh